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Friday, February 7,2014

Restock with Red replacements

by WLJ
earn her keep and raise a profitable calf for many years. She also needs to be problem free, requiring little human intervention to raise her calf, while maintaining her own body condition with low energy requirements. In short, she needs to be a professional at raising a calf year after year.

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Friday, February 7,2014

Red Angus breeders find opportunity halfway around the world

by WLJ
In recent years, the Russian government has set an aggressive plan into action to restock their country with high quality dairy and beef cattle as they rebuild their economy. Support programs funded to the tune of hundreds of billions of Russian rubles (almost $10 billion in U.

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Friday, February 7,2014

Low-stress pen design increases well-being and efficiency of cattle

by WLJ
Working and feeding facilities are critical components of any livestock operation, whether it’s home to 20 head of livestock in the Southeast, 300 head in the Northwest or 10,000 feeder calves in the Midwest.

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Friday, February 7,2014

The ranchers’ guide to EPDs: profitable, simple, sustainable

by WLJ
Based on the concept of Economically Relevant Traits (ERTs), producers are equipped with tools that allow for selection on traits that directly impact profitability. These tools simplify the selection process and arm producers with the ability to better identify range bulls whose genetics will more positively impact profitability.

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Friday, February 7,2014

Spring EPDs assist in bull-buying decisions

by WLJ
The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) recently released the 2014 Spring EPDs that 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.

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Friday, February 7,2014

Understanding early embryonic loss in beef cows

by WLJ
These are numbers that Research Scientist Tom Geary, Ph.D. of USDA-Agriculture Research Service, Fort Keogh in Miles City, MT, has been studying. Embryonic mortality is something that is affecting the beef industry both on the seedstock and commercial levels.

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Friday, February 7,2014

Are twins a double blessing or a double curse?

by WLJ
Twin calves can be seen as an opportunity when another cow has recently lost her calf and the cow can foster one of the twins. This allows the cow to stay in production and gives the calf the opportunity to grow without the competition from its twin..

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Friday, February 7,2014

USMARC Twinning Herd Background

by WLJ
The USMARC created the Twinner herd to research multiple births in cattle in 1976 with research beginning fully in 1981 in order to explore the potential for increasing the output of calves relative to nutrient inputs for cow maintenance. Females that had previously produced multiple sets of twins were chosen for the herd, with no breed requirements.

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Friday, February 7,2014

What is a Freemartin?

by WLJ
Most folks know that a freemartin is a heifer, born twin to a bull and, as a result of the two fetuses sharing a common blood supply, the heifer is abnormally developed sexually. “We generally find about 90 percent of those heifers to be sterile,” said Eldon Cole, Extension Livestock Specialist, University of Missouri.

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Friday, February 7,2014

Marston to lead Red Angus Association

by WLJ
“Twig has built a grounded, practical, well-informed knowledge and appreciation for the RAAA and its principles through his combined experienced,” said Tim Whitley, RAAA President. “As an industry leader, communicator and team builder, he is excited to work with RAAA staff and membership to further the goals and visions of the association.

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