Heterosis

Is crossbreeding worth the effort? Play video

Lee Leachman weighs in on the debate over the value of heterosis in commercial cow herds. FULL STORY »

Horton says yes to heterosis, no to the “balanced bull” Play video

Cattle feeder and rancher Dallas Horton, DVM, outlines genetic-selection strategies that pay on the ranch and in the feedyard. FULL STORY »

Crossbred Cows 101

Heterosis, hybrid vigor, free lunch--- whatever it is called, the advantages of crossbreeding in the cow herd can be significant for the operation. FULL STORY »

Purchasing versus raising replacement females

The recent decline in the national beef cowherd has increased interest in replacement female decisions. Some large-scale cattle operations have become more specialized in selecting for and propagating maternal traits in the females they produce for internal herd replacement. FULL STORY »

Solving the efficiency puzzle: Are we missing something?

There has been a tremendous buzz throughout the beef industry the last few years and the buzz is “efficiency”. FULL STORY »

Still no free lunch?

Common sense makes it clear: simplicity rules. However, ranching profitability is a model of complexity. FULL STORY »

Sending healthy calves to the feedyard

Last week during a program and banquet celebrating the 40th anniversary of Decatur County Feed Yard in Oberlin, Kan., consulting veterinarian Galen Weaver addressed a group of ranchers who retain ownership of their calves through the feedyard. He outlined multiple aspects of disease exposure and immunity affecting calves through the transition into the feedyard, including these take-home points. FULL STORY »

Ten steps to buying the right bull

Herd goals serve as the foundation for sire selection and provide guidance as to traits with the most relevance. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Nothing new, just a reminder that breeding systems work

Once the industry decided that the walls would not cave in when Hereford bulls were mated to Angus cows or vice versa, the world of beef cattle systems was created. FULL STORY »

Hereford Association media tour

Last week the American Hereford Association organized a media tour to Western Nebraska, providing trade journalists with an update on breed improvement, a ranch visit and a chance to interact with AHA staff and officers. Highlight of the trip was a daylong visit to Olsen Ranch near Scottsbluff. FULL STORY »

Herefords holding ground

Growing commercial demand for Hereford cattle has seedstock producers scrambling to produce enough bulls and females to meet it, says Craig Huffhines, executive VP of the American Hereford Association. Huffhines, along with other AHA staff and officers conducted a media tour last week, providing trade reporters an update on the Hereford breed and its place in U.S. beef herds. FULL STORY »

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