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Cover crop acreage is expected to increase in response to the USDA Risk Management Agency’s revision to the preventive planting insurance provisions, allowing producers to hay or graze a cover crop on preventive-plant acres beginning Sept. 1.

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“He can paint the light off horse hide shining, the great passing herds of the buffalo. A cow camp cold on a windy morning, the twisting wrist of the Houlihan throw”

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Back in mid-May, I drove down to grain my yearling Angus bull. On the way, I passed two utility trucks working on running a new cable.

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Over the last three- to four-decade period, the beef industry has made great use of genetic selection tools to improve economically important traits. Much of that improvement is due to the implementation and use of expected progeny differences (EPDs).

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Cow-calf producers are familiar with the concept that cow fertility is the major driver for positive profit margins in their herds. However, we may not be used to seeing actual number calculations or projections from where these types of statements are derived.

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Finding the best bull for your cow herd requires an understanding of EPDs and the accuracy values of those EPDs, as well as having a network of professionals you can call upon when assistance is needed.

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