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Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor

News
Feb 22, 2016
Speaking at a recent Red Angus Brain Trust, Dr. Ken Odde of Kansas State University presented a summary of a research project that studied the last five years of Superior Livestock Auction lot prices based on breed description and found that this description significantly impacted sale price (See Table 1).


Opinion
Feb 12, 2016
Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) has long boasted that they have the most precise and reliable EPDs (expected progeny differences) in the industry for good reason. An EPD is a genetic prediction of a trait in the units of that trait—pounds, square inches, probability, etc.


News
Nov 13, 2015
Keeping cows in good body condition is a big part of proper development of the fetus and postpartum reproduction, as well as the health and vigor of the calves. Cows should be managed to maintain a body condition score (BCS) of five with the goal for heifers being a BCS of six.


News
Oct 16, 2015
For spring-calving seedstock herds, fall is a busy time for data collection. The basis for any performancetesting program is collecting whole-herd weaning weights for all calves raised through weaning. Almost all EPDs are calculated with the assumption that all calves in a contemporary group were reported at weaning.


Opinion
Aug 31, 2015
The fall bull-buying season is practically upon us, which means preparation for both sellers and buyers. Most bulls sold in the fall are approximately 18 months, but a strong yearling market still exists in areas where fall is the natural calving season.


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.