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Reproduction

From the earliest genetic decisions to the final protocols for calving, discover the best information to improve your herd’s reproductive performance.

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Scanning a group of cow/calf pairs with a keen eye, Olive, Montana, rancher Ben Minow points and says, “There’s a good one, take a picture of that one.”

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The Thompson Farm Field Day, Sept. 20, will feature talks on “Capturing Value from Genetic Improvements.” The program at the University of Missouri research farm west of Spickard, Mo., starts with registration at 8:30 a.m.

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Seedstock purchases made this fall and next spring can affect the performance and profitability of a cow/calf operation for years. This is why Kent Andersen,Ph.D., associate director technical services, Pfizer Animal Genetics, recommends that producers look for animals that come with genomic information.

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When and if the Texas drought breaks, market indicators suggest that middle-aged replacement cows may be a better choice than younger cattle, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service economist.

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Adding DNA information to the American Angus Association National Cattle Evaluation helps improve the dependability of expected progeny differences (EPD), which is reflected in increased accuracy values. But the question is, how much? And what’s this improvement worth?

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Genetics make a difference in a beef herd. And stacked genetics make an even bigger difference, says Mike Kasten, owner of 4M Ranch, Millersville, Mo.

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