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Sandy Johnson, beef specialist with Kansas State University Research and Extension, reminded attendees of High Plains Journal’s recent Cattle U to manage their expectations when looking at their operations, pregnancy rates and numbers of preferred gender.

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The Harvard Business Review published its “Top 20 Business Transformations of the Last Decade.” The article highlights those organizations that have adapted and flourished in the last 10 years to become dominant players in their respective fields, and in many cases, these businesses have cha…

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The beef bulls consigned to the 69th annual Oklahoma Panhandle State University Bull Test have completed 56 days of the 112-day performance test. The bulls have an average daily gain of 3.99 pounds and a weight-per-day-of-age of 2.84 pounds.

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The 96th Southwest Missouri All-Breed Performance Tested Bull Sale will be held at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center 7 p.m. on Oct. 26. Bull entries are low this sale with 34 Angus and two Gelbvieh.

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The Northeast Missouri Show-Me-Select Bred Heifer Sale at Palmyra’s F&T Livestock Auction saw a large turnout and active bidding on most lots, according to University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Daniel Mallory.

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The Red Angus Association of America board of directors has voted to cancel the upcoming National Red Angus Convention, which was scheduled for Sept. 23 to 25 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The difficult decision was made after RAAA leadership discussed the many risks associated with holding t…

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The ability to get replacement heifers bred and calved out early are important indicators for how long heifers will stay in a cow herd. And, heifers need to be fully developed heading into their first breeding season to ensure they’ll have longevity and pay for themselves.

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Bulls are often the focus when cattle producers are thinking about the breeding season, but experts at Kansas State University’s Beef Cattle Institute said it is important to prepare the females as well.

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Any coach of a winning athlete will say that success in competition is the result of the athlete’s nutrition and fitness preparation. Beef cattle experts at Kansas State University say that same mentality applies to preparing bulls for the breeding season.

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Oklahoma State University Department of Animal and Food Sciences in Stillwater, Oklahoma, is initiating a new research cow herd and they are using Beefmaster genetics as their crossbreeding tool. The research effort, led by Ryan Reuter, will focus on precision ranching for improved long-term…

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You can always tell when the first of the year rolls around in the cattle business. This is the time of year when your mailbox fills with bull sale flyers, catalogs, and every newspaper or cattle twice as heavy from advertisements. These ads feature calving ease bulls, bulls to improve your …

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For cattle producers, bull sale season has arrived. Prospective buyers are flipping through the sale catalogs and studying the pedigree information, performance data and bull pictures trying to determine where they want to make their investment.

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Sutphin Cattle Company, of Lamar, Colorado, will host the first ever bull sale at the 66th Annual 3i SHOW on March 21, at 1:30 p.m. in the Special Events Arena at the Western State Bank Expo Center. The sale will feature 30 two-year-old bulls of four different breeds including Charolais, Red…

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A deep-bodied, easy-fleshing bull with stellar Expected Progeny Differences is every bull buyer’s dream, but that dream can come stumbling down if the bull’s structural soundness doesn’t meet foundational rubric standards.

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Together with the U.S. Livestock Genetics Export, Inc. and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, the Kansas Department of Agriculture has an upcoming opportunity for Kansas’ seedstock cattle producers to increase international marketing opportunities for their beef genetics in Mexico. Th…

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For cattle producers, bull sale season has arrived. Prospective buyers are flipping through the sale catalogs and studying the pedigree information, performance data and bull pictures trying to determine where they want to make their investment.

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This bull sale season, profit-minded cattle producers will utilize expected progeny differences and economic selection indices when selecting their next group of bulls. These tools are far more accurate at predicting the average difference in offspring than visual appraisal or actual weights…

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The Red Angus Association of America remains deeply committed to the commercial cattle industry and is unwavering in the service its commercial marketing team provides to producers from coast to coast. Via a paid internship, RAAA provides a chance for enthusiastic, driven college students to…

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Sutphin Cattle Company, out of Lamar, Colorado, will host the first ever bull sale at the 66th Annual 3i SHOW on March 21, 2020. at 1:30 p.m. in the Special Events Arena at the Western State Bank Expo Center. The sale will feature 30 two-year-old bulls from four different breeds including Ch…

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The only cardinal rule that applies to a bull rental or lease agreement is that no two agreements are the same. From that first sentence to the example bull lease agreement at the end, a new two-page publication from Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University has the info you need whether you…

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All cattlemen and women are invited to attend the American Gelbvieh Association’s fifth annual commercial cattlemen’s educational symposium titled Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup sponsored by National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and National Corn Growers Association.

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The 2019 Third Annual ABBA Bull Gain Test was recently concluded at Texana Feeders in Floresville, Texas, with a total of 47 purebred bulls from 18 breeders completing the 120-day test. All bulls were required to be registered with ABBA and have a current birth weight and birth weight expect…

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Seedstock producers might have one of the toughest jobs in the beef industry as they’re tasked with raising quality animals that can go down several different avenues. Whether it be into commercial herds or registered, the resulting animals need to be able to perform.

Several influencers sat down on a panel at the first Cattle U event in Dodge City, Kansas, at the United Wireless Arena July 31. Cattle U was sponsored by High Plains Journal. The seedstock panel included Glen Klippenstein of Missouri; Lee Leachman, Leachman Cattle of Colorado; Rick Pfortmiller, Neogen; Kelli Retallick, director of genetic services at Angus Genetics Inc.; and Tom Strahm, commercial marketing director for the American Gelbvieh Association. The panel was moderated by Lorna Marshall of Select Sires.

What are the top factors that you think influence bull purchases the most, today and in the next five years?

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This time of year, A.J. Tarpoff enjoys warmer temperatures and green grass just as much as the next guy, but you might cut him a little slack if he thinks a bit differently about the onset of spring-like weather.

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Dan and Kate Warner of Warner Beef Genetics, Arapahoe, Nebraska, were honored as the American Gelbvieh Association’s Breeder of the Year for 2018 during the awards banquet held at the 48th Annual AGA National Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Al and Mary Knapp of Basehor, Kansas, were inducted into the American Gelbvieh Association Hall of Fame for 2019. The induction took place during the awards banquet at the 48th Annual AGA National Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

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More than 40 calves produced from one cow, all in the name of genetic research. That’s something you don’t see every day. This research, dubbed the LiveWiRED project, is a cooperative effort between the Junior Red Angus Association of America and the Red Angus Foundation, Inc. The plan is to…

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The American Simmental Association recently initiated a large genotyping project to collect more carcass records and genotypes on sire-identified terminal calves to improve progeny equivalents for carcass traits. All harvested cattle will be genotyped and the resulting data will be incorpora…

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Four regional directors and four executive officers were elected at the recent Annual Meeting of the American Angus Auxiliary. The meeting took place during the 2018 Angus Convention in Columbus, Ohio.

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It takes a powerful start and decades of focus to get harvest groups that regularly qualify 100 percent for the Certified Angus Beef brand. What about 97.7 percent at CAB Prime brand and that one steer “only” hitting the traditional premium Choice CAB mark?

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An American delegation representing ABBA and the American Brahman breed recently traveled to Vietnam. Joe Paschal, livestock specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Armelinda Ibarra, ABBA recording secretary, and Carolyn Falgout, owner of K Bar Farms, attended and spoke at the ABBA …

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Grand champion horned bull, BR Belle Air E133 ET first won the horned senior bull calf division. Owned by Barber Ranch, Channing, Texas, Belle Air is a Nov. 30, 2017, son of BR Belle Air 6011. The reserve grand champion horned bull and spring bull calf champion titles went to TKC Casacade 80…

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The beef bulls consigned to the 67th Annual Oklahoma Panhandle State University Bull Test have completed 56 days of the 112-day performance test. The bulls have an average daily gain of 4.57 pounds and a weight-per-day-of-age of 3.11 pounds. The test will be completed January 26, 2019 and th…

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In celebration of 50 years in the Hereford business, Hereford breeders were recognized for their commitment as Golden Breeders during the recent American Hereford Association Hereford Honorees Reception in Kansas City, Missouri.

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The 81 beef bulls on performance test at Oklahoma Panhandle State University were weighed Nov. 3. Through 28 days of the 112-day test, the bulls have an overall average daily gain of 4.28 pounds and a weight-per-day-of-age of 3.92 pounds.