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Friday, August 17,2012

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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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Friday, April 20,2012

Management topics

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
A large seedstock operation had bull sales in the spring and fall. I asked the owner, who has since passed away, how he decided which bulls to put in the spring sale and which in the fall sale.

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Friday, April 6,2012

Management topics

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
Everyone likes to look at bulls. It s h o u l d come as no shock to anyone who has looked, however, that a bull can get a lot of attention because of his expected progeny differences (EPDs), then turn out to be a dud at the sale. The key point is that he gained attention based on his performance and resulting EPDs.

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Friday, March 2,2012

A tribute to what Don Good stood for

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
I met Dr. Good on quite a few occasions at the Saddle and Sirloin Club banquet, where they hang the portrait of one person in the livestock industry every year. It is the highest honor you can get in our business and one Dr. Good had received years ago. My impression was he had a classy personality befitting someone of the WWII gen eration,.

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Friday, February 24,2012

Management Topics

Making cattle fit the cowherd and the feeder market

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
Kris Ringwall had an excellent article in his monthly Beef Talk column titled “Cattle size is different than cow size.” In his article, he expresses that there can be huge differences in cattle size as well as variability in the shape of the body mass.

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Friday, December 23,2011

Management topics

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
One can assume similar circumstances existed for most of Continental Europe. However, with the passing of the feudal system and the manors, and the shift to individual ownership, fields were enclosed and better methods of farming became possible.

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Monday, October 24,2011

Management topics

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
We are q u i c k l y coming up on show season with Louisville in November and Denver after the first of the year. Many breeds have stubbornly held on to the show ring as their major points of selection while other more successful breeds have moved beyond this more traditional form of selection.

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Friday, September 16,2011

Management topics

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
First let's define what ERTs are. This concept came about when Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) passed a strategic plan in 1994 calling for the adoption of 20 EPDs by the year 2000.

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