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Friday, October 18,2013

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Data collection season for seedstock producers

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
weaned is arguably the busiest and most important time for data collection for seedstock producers. Proper contemporary groups must be formed, as well as weaning data, disposition scores, cow weights, body condition scores, reason codes for culling and genomics, all collected this time of year for spring calving cows.

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Friday, August 30,2013

Management Topics

Crossbreed instead of using beta-agonists

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
With the whole Zilmax controversy shining a light on the use of beta-agonists, I think we all need to stand back and review their value to the industry. I question the real benefits of them to our industry when in my opinion crossbreeding our current British-based cowherd with Continental cattle may achieve the same results.

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Friday, August 23,2013

History and challenges of value-based marketing

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
Today’s grid, formula and other marketing agreements for fed cattle account for approximately 75 percent of the cattle processed. However, in the 1990s, when value-based marketing was in its infancy, the vast majority of cattle were sold live or in the meat.

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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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