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Friday, June 28,2013

Management Topics

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
The Beef Improvement Federation’s (BIF) 45th Annual Res e a r c h S y m p osium and Convention was held recently from June 12-15, 2013, in Oklahoma City, OK. The center of discussion was on the place of crossbreeding in today’s industry, feed efficiency and fitting cattle to the environment with straight-breeding vs.

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Friday, June 28,2013

BIF announces Commercial and Seedstock Producers of the Year

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) is proud to announce the 2013 Commercial and Seedstock Producers of the Year. Earning the Commercial Producer of the Year is Darnall Ranch, Inc. owned by Gary Darnall and managed by Gary and his son Lane Darnall of Harrisburg, NE.

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Friday, June 7,2013

Management Topics

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
S e e dstock producers submit performance data to their associations to produce genetic predictions, and the basis for these are weight/ measure deviations within a contemporary group. To make these genetic predictions as precise and reliable as possible, it is of paramount importance that contemporary groups be formed properly.

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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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