A Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) lawsuit filed last January could lead to restrictions or the outright banning of many pesticides and other chemicals to protect endangered species. Ongoing settlement negotiations between CBD and agriculture groups could wrap up this spring, assuming a settlement can be reached.
The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) was the foremost breed association to create and implement Total Herd Reporting (THR). This concept revolutionized the fee structure for Red Angus registrations, but more importantly, focused the industry on the relationship between complete data and the value of subsequent genetic predictions.
Strong City, KS, modeled RAAA as a perfect example of “co-opetition”—a term combining the words “cooperation” and “competition” that describes competitors within an industry cooperating to increase the size of their market share, then competing individually for clientele.
The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) recently released the 2012 Spring EPDs which evaluate traits from calving ease to performance to carcass merit. The suite of numbers includes tools to select cattle with optimum economic relevance such as stayability, heifer pregnancy and maintenance energy requirements.
For the past three years, the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) has enrolled over 100,000 head of Red Angus-influenced calves in FCCP—last year exceeding 125,000 head. The Association is on track to continue that recordbreaking trend this year as program enrollment and tag sales have continued to be strong going into calving season.
Actual and adjusted weights are affected by environment, nutrition and management. Contemporary group ratios are an improvement, as they account for these environmental variables. However, they do not incorporate comparative performance data on related individuals in countless herds throughout the country.
Many producers in North Dakota and Montana will graze cows on dormant native range during the fall and early winter months. A sound supplementation program that meets the nutritional requirements of the cows is necessary to make these grazing programs work well.
Corporate profits are up 15 percent over last year. “If I didn’t know better, I’d say we were in the middle of a big economic expansion,” said Dotzour. “But investors are not willing to pay for those profits and companies are not willing to hire because no one thinks Con-.