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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.

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Like any superstar, Elation has an agent.

Or, at least, Missouri seedstock producer Brian Bell might feel like he is managing a top NBA prospect. He fields calls from a growing list of cattle producers, all interested in the prize bull that he teamed up to buy for a record-setting $800,000 in February.

A genetic masterpiece, some might call him. He is the grandson of a bull considered to be one of the most influential of modern times.

However, from his Square B Ranch near Warsaw, situated among a rolling section of Ozark fescue, Bell looks past the headlines and hype. If there is a point he wants to get across, it’s the reason he bought a high-dollar bull and how it fits into his ranch’s philosophy.

“Great bulls are built from great mamas,” he said as he sat in the Square B headquarters on a recent summer morning.

Elation has one job, the same as Square B’s other bulls: to produce phenomenal females and, in the end, high-quality calves.

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The most discerning of bull buyers know to look for well-rounded genetic profiles when perusing sale catalogs. Still, they could use a little help spotting the most complete packages. There’s added value for registered Angus bulls with greater potential to sire calves that meet the most chal…

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Beef producers consistently look toward the horizon for new tools to help them improve their bottom line. The Red Angus Association of America has a long history of supporting commercial cattlemen and women who are dedicated to efficiently producing high-quality beef. The recent release of t…

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The Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health has reported there was a slight increase in the number of trichomoniasis-infected bulls and herds in 2017. There were nine new cases diagnosed last year, compared to only three cases in 2016. The cases involved 10 positive herds …

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The Beefmaster Breeders United board of directors held a meeting on Jan. 4, in San Antonio, Texas. During the meeting, the board approved a restructure to the organizational leadership. The restructure appointed Collin Osbourn as the executive vice president and Bill Pendergrass as the vice …

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Bovine trichomoniasis is endangering New Mexico’s $895 million cattle industry. It can impact a herd’s annual calving rate and even destroy a cattle producer’s genetic herd. Controlling sexually transmitted trich requires awareness and vigilance on the part of the rancher.

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Many cattlemen dread buying bulls, according to Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

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Many organizations claim a day, week or month to promote their industry. Recognizable examples include May as Beef Month, June as Dairy Month and October as Agriculture Month.

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The Integrity Beef Alliance simplifies cow-calf producer management decisions and increases the marketability of calves through the production of high quality, uniform, preconditioned cattle. The American Hereford Association is proud to have Hereford bulls as the newest breed sire the progr…

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Randy White and Dinah Johnston were selected by their peers as co-winners of the American Angus Association 2018 Herdsman of the Year. The award recognizes the exhibitor who has done the best job during the past year preparing and displaying their Angus cattle.

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A 14-month-old Angus bull became the highest-priced bull ever sold at public auction recently, fetching $800,000 from two ranchers based in Missouri and Oklahoma. The previous record, set just last year, was $750,000.

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The Red Angus Association of America is pleased to announce that Ryan Boldt of Ft. Collins, Colorado, has been hired as director of breed improvement. Boldt is a Ph.D. student in breeding and genetics at Colorado State University, where he also earned his master’s. His undergraduate educatio…

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The Red Angus Association of America announced that Ryan Boldt of Fort Collins, Colorado, has been hired as director of breed improvement. Boldt is a Ph.D. student in breeding and genetics at Colorado State University, where he also earned a Master of Science. His undergraduate education inc…

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Tim Smith of Giddings, Texas, a member of the American Simmental Association Board of Trustees Executive Committee, has been elected Chairman of the Board, succeeding Brian DeFreese of West Point, Indiana. Smith has served on the ASA Board of Trustees since 2012.

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The American Simmental Association is proud to announce the winners of the inaugural Ring of Champions contest. The Ring of Champions program recognizes cattle that have been consistently successful at ASA’s major Progress Through Performance shows, reflecting an industry reality where produ…

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The North American Limousin Junior Association is offering a paid internship opportunity for a collegiate upperclassman with an interest in animal agriculture and association work the summer of 2018. The internship will provide training and work experience in association work.