BeefTalk: Do the cows fit the operation?
Are the dedicated resources and activities that are present within the cattle operation optimal in regard to the economic efficiency of the operation? FULL STORY »
BeefTalk: It pays to read the tag
Early discussions of animal breeding and selection always grouped producers into three types, which were the breeder, multiplier and commercial producer. FULL STORY »
BeefTalk: Understanding EPD percentile tables is important
The discussion of how to utilize breed association expected progeny differences (EPDs) by setting individual goals requires that producers understand how bulls are positioned within the breed association's data set. FULL STORY »
BeefTalk: In search of good sires
Focusing on five traits within the Red Angus breed - birth weight, weaning weight, yearling weight, marbling score and rib-eye area - the Dickinson Research Extension Center has set a goal that the average value for herd sire expected progeny differences (EPDs) should meet or exceed the Red Angus breed average EPD values. FULL STORY »
BeefTalk: Numbers can challenge, but don't give up
Here is an invitation. Just call if you want to schedule an appointment to review or better understand the numerous numbers associated with expected progeny differences (EPDs). Even when well understood, the EPD numbers can be daunting, even overwhelming. FULL STORY »
BeefTalk: What's changing in the beef industry?
What is changing in the beef industry? Reviewing the data from the Cow Herd Appraisal of Performance Software (CHAPS) program, beef herds seem to be fairly constant. FULL STORY »
BeefTalk: Live bait is not needed to catch fish
Some would say they do a lot of contemplating while fishing. While contemplating, one's mind should ponder about things. In the beef world, perhaps it is all right to ponder on bull selection. FULL STORY »
BeefTalk: No shortcuts in the beef business
Once again, Mother Nature reigns and we follow. The challenges that cow-calf producers face are immense. The wind, temperature extremes and just the sheer forces of nature are mind- bending. FULL STORY »