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Friday, June 24,2011

Beyond good looks

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
Records should confirm those mature-weight guesses and, factoring in average weaning weights, point out the most and least efficient cows. Ear tag numbers should convey age at a glance, and the oldest cows have made us the most money.

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Friday, May 27,2011

Reproductive efficiency

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
When you breed or turn out bulls with heifers or cows, you have certain expectations. Ideally, you want each of them to become pregnant, deliver an unassisted, healthy calf, and raise it to half its mommas weight six months later.

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Friday, December 17,2010

Here in the real world

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
The real world aint what it used to be. Of course, it changes all the time. But the idea may have changed fastest of all.

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Friday, October 22,2010

Longevity

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
The oldest cow on record died in Ireland in 1993 at the age of 49, having been born on St. Patricks Day 1944 in Kerry and producing 39 calves over time. So she missed a few yearsbig deal.

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Friday, August 20,2010

What informs you?

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
Take another look at your cattle. Get out your records and take a deeper look. You think theyre the right kind, but you may have plans to improve them through breeding and management.

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Friday, July 2,2010

Whats on your customers grill?

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
As producers, you know how good beef is for you. But you still like to hear people say good things about it, from the aroma to the taste, nutrition and satisfaction. Maybe youre an expert in preparing home-grown cuts for guests, but the people who increased their demand for beef over the last several years probably have less skill.

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Friday, June 18,2010

Finding fault

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
So our logic filter for criticism is a focal point. Does it let through the social and fad-oriented opinions not backed by science? Does it allow consideration of survey data, still not consistent with science but representing a valid snapshot of what people think?.

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Friday, May 28,2010

Whats on your customers grill?

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
No doubt about it, the grill is hot. From the smallest hibachi to the titanic gas rotisserie models, Americans love to fire them up. Summertime sizzles, of course, but some folks even cook steaks under the stars in December. Flashlight and coat are optional, but flavor is a must.

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Friday, May 7,2010

Reproductive efficiency

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
When you breed or turn out bulls with heifers or cows, you have certain expectations. Ideally, you want each of them to become pregnant, deliver an unassisted, healthy calf, and raise it to half its mommas weight six months later.

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Friday, April 16,2010

Predictable

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
These ideas are pretty much universal, but lets consider your cowherd. Across the country, cattle are getting better based on trends in daily gain, efficiency and quality grades. For decades, the improvements were uneven, giving up beef quality for better performance on the ranch or feedlot.

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