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Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor

News
May 8, 2015
Nichols has always believed in the power of science and the use of objective data with the philosophy that to improve it, you must be able to measure it. Of course what data is economically important will vary by operation, but it is necessary to set base lines for production and goals for where you want to go.
News
Mar 3, 2015
Using objective selection in purchasing bulls is of the utmost importance, and with large contemporary groups, ultrasound and genomically enhanced EPDs, basing a large part of selection on genetic predictions can be done more accurately than ever. However, it is important not to get lost in an alphabet soup of data.
News
Mar 3, 2015
Using objective selection in purchasing bulls is of the utmost importance, and with large contemporary groups, ultrasound and genomically enhanced EPDs, basing a large part of selection on genetic predictions can be done more accurately than ever. However, it is important not to get lost in an alphabet soup of data.
Opinion
Oct 17, 2014
Proper selection of heifers is vitally important as our industry works to expand. There are some general principles for any commercial operation to consider, as well as more intensive selection criteria for sire-identified herds, as well as genomic tests.
News
Jun 30, 2014
The Annual Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) meeting was recently held in Lincoln, NE, with an eye on future genetic improvement in the beef industry. This included the role of the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (MARC), increasing cattle output through efficiency, selection for novel traits and new models for genetic selection.
News
May 2, 2014
Preparing sires for breeding season is an important job to ensure a high pregnancy rate. This involves strategies for both young and established bulls. It has been an extremely cold winter in some parts of the country, which can affect the fertility of bulls.
News
Mar 7, 2014
All producers should be striving to purchase bulls that are as predictable as possible for the economically important traits desired. To accomplish this, EPDs (expected progeny differences) are the best tool available, but even they can vary widely on their predictability depending on accuracy.
Opinion
Dec 20, 2013
I just attended the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, and the National Western Stock Show will soon be upon us. I help conduct the National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest at Louisville, which is one of my highlights of the year.
Opinion
Oct 18, 2013
weaned is arguably the busiest and most important time for data collection for seedstock producers. Proper contemporary groups must be formed, as well as weaning data, disposition scores, cow weights, body condition scores, reason codes for culling and genomics, all collected this time of year for spring calving cows.
Opinion
Aug 30, 2013
With the whole Zilmax controversy shining a light on the use of beta-agonists, I think we all need to stand back and review their value to the industry. I question the real benefits of them to our industry when in my opinion crossbreeding our current British-based cowherd with Continental cattle may achieve the same results.
News
Jun 28, 2013
The Beef Improvement Federation’s (BIF) 45th Annual Res e a r c h S y m p osium and Convention was held recently from June 12-15, 2013, in Oklahoma City, OK. The center of discussion was on the place of crossbreeding in today’s industry, feed efficiency and fitting cattle to the environment with straight-breeding vs.
Opinion
Jun 7, 2013
S e e dstock producers submit performance data to their associations to produce genetic predictions, and the basis for these are weight/ measure deviations within a contemporary group. To make these genetic predictions as precise and reliable as possible, it is of paramount importance that contemporary groups be formed properly.
Opinion
Apr 19, 2013
The Baldie is back. Although Angus still dominates the bull market and the make-up of this nation’s cowherd, there has been a definite resurgence in the Hereford sales. I feel this can be traced directly to the drought. On paper, Hereford’s are very modest in their production traits, especially on milk.
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