Using genetic information to improve feedlot profitability

Could the use of genetic marker panels help improve profitability at the feedlot? That was a question considered in a recent study published by researchers at Oklahoma State University. FULL STORY »

Genomic-enhanced EPDs released by American Gelbvieh Association

The American Gelbvieh Association released genomic-enhanced EPDs with this fall's international cattle evaluation. FULL STORY »

Genomics enhance beef cattle breeding

Selecting breeding animals on how they look, by phenotype, worked for centuries. Progress in improving cattle was made just on appearance. FULL STORY »

Male chromosome hinders female cattle reproduction

In the beef industry, if a cow does not get pregnant after breeding, she becomes an economic liability in the herd. Lack of calf production can significantly reduce annual revenue for producers. FULL STORY »

New decision tool now available on ag decision maker

Before decisions regarding purchasing or retaining replacement females are made, producers may want to consider the economic value of a replacement entering the herd. FULL STORY »

What is a bull worth?

While spending less does not insinuate you have purchased an inferior bull, it should be expected that an above average bull for traits such as calving ease, weaning weight, docility, staybility, marbling, etc., will likely garner a premium. FULL STORY »

Are the bulls ready for the spring breeding season?

The spring breeding season is less than two months away. If you have not assessed your bull battery recently, time is running out. Contact your local veterinarian and make arrangements to see that your bulls of all ages pass a breeding soundness exam. Ask your veterinarian about the need for a trichomoniasis test. If the bulls’ feet need to be trimmed, this would be an excellent opportunity to get that done as well. FULL STORY »

Commentary: I'll have the burger

A recent report by Rabobank has caught the attention of the beef industry. The report “Ground Beef Nation: The Effect of Changing Consumer Tastes and Preferences on the U.S. Beef Industry,” documents the growing demand of hamburgers in the American diet. FULL STORY »

Slaughter cow market following seasonal pattern…only more so

Boning cow prices in Oklahoma City were reported at just over $102/cwt. in the first week of March. This level suggests that March slaughter cow prices will exhibit a more than seasonal price increase. FULL STORY »

Quality matters

No matter what business you’re in, quality brings value to your product. It’s no different in the beef industry except the definition of quality may differ slightly from producer to producer or segment to segment. 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 »

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