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American Hereford Association Releases BOLT Genetic Evaluation

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The American Hereford Association (AHA) released the first updated expected progeny differences (EPDs) and corresponding accuracies using the Biometric Open Language Tools (BOLT) genetic evaluation software Dec. 4. The new genetic evaluation also includes two new traits, Sustained Cow Fertility (SCF) and Dry Matter Intake (DMI), and updated profit ($) indexes. “It’s…

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5 Factors to Consider Before Buying Livestock Scales

By : Kevin Hill, content editor and online marketing manager at Quality Scales Unlimited   If you are a farmer or own a farming facility, you would understand the importance of having the right scales and weighing equipment for measuring animal performance. You must have the right livestock scales to weigh the livestock, the feed…

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Who is the stocker cattle industry?

By : Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist   Earlier in 2017, Oklahoma State University, in conjunction with USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), conducted a comprehensive survey of Oklahoma cattle producers.  The primary objective of the survey was to identify stocker producers…

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It’s Shipping Time: Keep Calves Healthy During the Transition

(SAINT JOSEPH, Mo., Oct. 18, 2017) Shipping cattle causes shrink, appetite loss and often sickness. Taking precautionary steps both prior to shipping and on arrival, can help keep shrink at a minimum while keeping calves healthier and gaining.  Generally, cattle will shrink 1% of their body weight per hour for the first few hours they…

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Health Tips for Calves This Fall

(SAINT JOSEPH, Mo., Oct. 2, 2017) Experience tells us that fall can be a treacherous season for keeping calves healthy. Calves come into the season stout, thrifty and with the expectation of doing well. But changing weather conditions, management systems and nutritional programs can catch the calves off guard and send them into a tail spin of poor health…

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