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Friday, April 19,2013

Management Topics

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
The Baldie is back. Although Angus still dominates the bull market and the make-up of this nation’s cowherd, there has been a definite resurgence in the Hereford sales. I feel this can be traced directly to the drought. On paper, Hereford’s are very modest in their production traits, especially on milk.

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Friday, March 15,2013

Management topics

Advantage of inherent marbling

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
It has always been a finetuning process to balance quality and cutability, but with an improving economy and retail giants like Walmart moving to Choice product, the advantages of inherent marbling is becoming clear.

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Friday, February 15,2013

Management Topics

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
The idea of breeds running a s i n g l eacrossbreed evaluation, with all the breeds being on the same base so the expected progeny differences (EPDs) are directly comparable, has long been a dream for many of us in the industry.

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Friday, December 28,2012

Type change of the late 1800s

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
With the 107th annual National Western Stock Show approaching this January, it is interesting to look back at the first major type change that occurred two decades before its 1906 opening. Before the 1900s, the American Fat Stock Show in the former Dexter Park by the stockyards on the south side of Chicago was the most important show of the day.

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Friday, December 14,2012

Management Topics

Data reporting

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
It’s that time of year for breed associations to have their spring National Cattle Evaluation (NCE) run to produce expected progeny differences (EPDs) for a release somewhere around the first of the year. The quality of these EPDs is directly related to the quality of data that is used to produce them.

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Friday, October 26,2012

Management Topics

Grid value-based marketing

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
Va l u ebased marketing of fed cattle is quickly becoming the norm, so genetically designing cattle that pay premiums on such a marketing system should be a consideration for cow/calf producers in order to add value to their calf crop.

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Friday, September 21,2012

Management Topics

Breed update on genomically-enhanced EPDs

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
Most everybody is familiar with DNA, the basic coding for life. Genomics is just a fancy word for finding places that are informative on areas of DNA for certain traits. The technology first used was markers, which is essentially identifying a place on the DNA that was closely associated with the area or gene of interest.

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Friday, August 17,2012

Management Topics

A recent history of Angus genetic predictions

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
In the mid-1980s, basically all breed associations started their National Cattle Evaluation (NCE) programs to produce EPDs on their whole herd book. What their breeders did with the information differed greatly. Without a doubt, of the major breeds, Angus breeders were the first to pick up and run with these new tools.

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Friday, July 20,2012

Letter to the Editor

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
I read with great interest last week’s article, “Composites may trade predictability for simplicity” by Miranda Reiman of Certified Angus Beef (CAB). The hypothesis of the article was that using composite (F1) bulls had a number of disadvantages compared to purebred bulls and straightbreeding.

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Friday, June 29,2012

Management Topics

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
Without a doubt, more and more cattle are being straightbred every year, with Angus being the dominate breed. The two main benefits of crossbreeding are heterosis and breed complementarity.

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