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Board Commentary
Since 1960, planned crossbreeding with Red Angus has been the breed’s focus in helping our customers – the commercial producer – become more profitable. I encourage everyone to look through this issue of the ARA Magazine that focuses on crossbreeding and implement the information so you can increase your profit and sustainability in the future. - On page 6
Association Commentary
More importantly, we will continue to develop innovative projects that enhance the influence of Red Angus genetics as well as assist Red Angus stakeholders through our Membership Services Department. This year we have plans to release items that will aid in making genetic decisions, increase business opportunities and decrease your labor. - On page 8
Member Services Bulletin
DNA genetic defect test results maybe delayed, so please plan accordingly as it may take longer than expected turnaround time. Genetic defect samples are processed on a quantity basis and because fewer samples are submitted this time of year, it may take longer to reach their quota before the lab runs the test. - On page 12
Marketing Update
Red Angus cattle continue to add value to premium markets and build customer reputations through the FCCP. Red Angus’ ability to consistently grade Choice or higher and maintain low levels of Yield Grade 4s make them a target for packers to fill premium branded-beef program demands. - On page 14
Red Angus well represented at BIF Convention
The Red Angus breed was well represented at the 46th annual Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Research Symposium and Convention held June 18-21, in Lincoln, Neb., picking up the Seedstock Producer of the Year Award and adding two Red Angus members to the Federation’s Board of Directors. - On page 16
Red Angus Crossbreeding Solutions
Since 1960, the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) has promoted planned crossbreeding systems as a tool for sustainable and profitable commercial beef production. Red Angus’ balance of economically relevant traits makes it a flexible, userfriendly component of any crossbreeding plan. - On page 19
Crossbreeding Basics
Heritability is the proportion of an animal’s genetic merit that is – on average – transmitted to their offspring. Heritability varies for different traits, (see Table 1 – opposite page). Reproductive traits tend to have low heritabilities, while growth traits are moderate and carcass characteristics typically have higher heritabilities. - On page 20
Crossbreeding Systems
The goal of a rotational crossbreeding system is twofold: 1) Generate females which combine the complementary cowherd traits of parent breeds while building acceptable levels of maternal heterosis into the cowherd. 2) Build “reputation” feeder cattle that excel in the feedlot and carcass traits that will keep buyers bidding aggressively. - On page 22
Red Angus Crossbreeding Tools
Crossbreeding does not replace the need for high-quality purebred cattle. In fact, accurately described seedstock are the foundation of the success in crossbreeding programs. Ranchers utilizing Red Angus in crossbreeding programs enjoy these benefits:. - On page 24
Marketing Solutions for Ranchers Utilizing Crossbreeding Systems.
Whether resultant calf crops qualify for the beef industry’s original USDA Process Verified Program – the Red Angus Feeder Calf Certification Program (FCCP) – or the Allied Access program, customers are ensured of USDA Processed Age and Source Verification and FREE promotion of load lots for calves or yearlings at sale time. - On page 25
Red Angus ... The Common Denominator
Red Angus crossed with terminal Continental breeds like Charolais and Limousin produce feeders that can excel in both gain and conversion while reaping premiums for both Yield Grade and Quality Grade. - On page 26
New Livestock, Same Passion
Fourth-generation Russell, Kan., native Kip Boomhower did not come into the cattle business in the conventional way. During Boomhower’s childhood, the rolling hills of their central-Kansas ranch were lined with Paint Horses, not the commercial cowherd you see today. - On page 30
Economics and sustainability can go hand-in-hand
Contrary to popular opinion, bigger, more-efficient operations are not more hazardous to the environment, said Capper. With advancements in efficiency comes not only a better economic situation but also can lead to environmental betterment.. - On page 40
Economic Selection Indices
RAAA’s philosophy of only printing Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) on Economically Relevant Traits (ERTs) has provided for simplification in selection decisions made by both purebred and commercial producers. - On page 46
Is she bred, Doc?
"Will she give me a calf or is she open?" This is one of the most important - and profit-related - questions beef cattle producers ask themselves. And knowing the answer sooner, rather than later, can easily justify the cost of pregnancy ultrasound in a beef herd. - On page 54
RAAA Board of Director Candidates
Kim has had a life-long involvement in the Red Angus breed. Her parents, Doug and Linda Andersen, purchased their first registered Red Angus cattle two years before Kim was born. Kim was active in 4-H when growing up, and was an active member of the Junior Red Angus Association, both in Nebraska and nationally. - On page 70
RAAA Year in Review
During fiscal year 2013-2014, the demand for Red Angus genetics continued to increase. The Red Angus bull, the Red Angus-sired mother cow and the Red Angus-influenced calf are geared to feed a protein-hungry world of consumers. The stage is set for Red Angus genetics to be front-and-center for expanding cowherds operated by savvy cattlemen. - On page 76
RAAA Year In Review
6. Nebraska 1,696 7. North Dakota 1,495 8. Minnesota 1,325 9. Missouri 1,080 10. Wyoming 1,075. - On page 78
Member News
When meeting with Tyler Kolek and his parents at their home on the Trinity River Land & Cattle ranch in tiny Shepherd, Texas, in January, the Miami Marlins got a personal tour of the 10,000-acre ranch from the hard-throwing right-hander. - On page 83
Sale Reports
Top-Selling Lots: The high-selling yearling bull was Lot 1, 3SCC Navigate A42, a son of VGW Navigator 010 out of a LCHMN Hevn’s Sake 1002F daughter that sold for $10,000 to Kemen Farms Red Angus of Madison, Minn.. - On page 86
Welcome to our Newest RAAA Members
DOWNEY’S NORTH FORTY RANCH WANDA & MICHAEL DOWNEY 4594 FREEDOM ACRES RD WELLINGTON, CO 80549. - On page 88
Calendar of Events
11-12 Western Livestock Video Sale, Cheyenne, WY 15 Iowa State Fair Red Angus Show, Des Moines, IA 18-22 Superior Livestock Big Horn Classic, Sheridan, WY 25-26 Northern Livestock Video Auction Early Fall Preview, Billings, MT 30 Kick Off Classic, Bloomfield, Iowa. - On page 96
Advertiser Index
3K Land & Cattle Co ............................86 5L Red Angus..................................29,91 A-1 Land & Cattle............................50-51 ABS ......................................................11 Accelerated Genetics ......................15,65 Andras Stock Farm ..............................98 Angelo Cattle Company .......................90 Angus World ........................................94 Atkinson Reds ......................................82 Axtell Cattle Co ....................................92 Bachman Cattle Farms....................81,97 Barenthsen-Bullinger Red Angus . - On page 98
Board Commentary
Since 1960, planned crossbreeding with Red Angus has been the breed’s focus in helping our customers – the commercial producer – become more profitable. I encourage everyone to look through this issue of the ARA Magazine that focuses on crossbreeding and implement the information so you can increase your profit and sustainability in the future. - On page 6
Association Commentary
More importantly, we will continue to develop innovative projects that enhance the influence of Red Angus genetics as well as assist Red Angus stakeholders through our Membership Services Department. This year we have plans to release items that will aid in making genetic decisions, increase business opportunities and decrease your labor. - On page 8
Member Services Bulletin
DNA genetic defect test results maybe delayed, so please plan accordingly as it may take longer than expected turnaround time. Genetic defect samples are processed on a quantity basis and because fewer samples are submitted this time of year, it may take longer to reach their quota before the lab runs the test. - On page 12
Marketing Update
Red Angus cattle continue to add value to premium markets and build customer reputations through the FCCP. Red Angus’ ability to consistently grade Choice or higher and maintain low levels of Yield Grade 4s make them a target for packers to fill premium branded-beef program demands. - On page 14
Red Angus well represented at BIF Convention
The Red Angus breed was well represented at the 46th annual Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Research Symposium and Convention held June 18-21, in Lincoln, Neb., picking up the Seedstock Producer of the Year Award and adding two Red Angus members to the Federation’s Board of Directors. - On page 16
Red Angus Crossbreeding Solutions
Since 1960, the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) has promoted planned crossbreeding systems as a tool for sustainable and profitable commercial beef production. Red Angus’ balance of economically relevant traits makes it a flexible, userfriendly component of any crossbreeding plan. - On page 19
Crossbreeding Basics
Heritability is the proportion of an animal’s genetic merit that is – on average – transmitted to their offspring. Heritability varies for different traits, (see Table 1 – opposite page). Reproductive traits tend to have low heritabilities, while growth traits are moderate and carcass characteristics typically have higher heritabilities. - On page 20
Crossbreeding Systems
The goal of a rotational crossbreeding system is twofold: 1) Generate females which combine the complementary cowherd traits of parent breeds while building acceptable levels of maternal heterosis into the cowherd. 2) Build “reputation” feeder cattle that excel in the feedlot and carcass traits that will keep buyers bidding aggressively. - On page 22
Red Angus Crossbreeding Tools
Crossbreeding does not replace the need for high-quality purebred cattle. In fact, accurately described seedstock are the foundation of the success in crossbreeding programs. Ranchers utilizing Red Angus in crossbreeding programs enjoy these benefits:. - On page 24
Marketing Solutions for Ranchers Utilizing Crossbreeding Systems.
Whether resultant calf crops qualify for the beef industry’s original USDA Process Verified Program – the Red Angus Feeder Calf Certification Program (FCCP) – or the Allied Access program, customers are ensured of USDA Processed Age and Source Verification and FREE promotion of load lots for calves or yearlings at sale time. - On page 25
Red Angus ... The Common Denominator
Red Angus crossed with terminal Continental breeds like Charolais and Limousin produce feeders that can excel in both gain and conversion while reaping premiums for both Yield Grade and Quality Grade. - On page 26
New Livestock, Same Passion
Fourth-generation Russell, Kan., native Kip Boomhower did not come into the cattle business in the conventional way. During Boomhower’s childhood, the rolling hills of their central-Kansas ranch were lined with Paint Horses, not the commercial cowherd you see today. - On page 30
Economics and sustainability can go hand-in-hand
Contrary to popular opinion, bigger, more-efficient operations are not more hazardous to the environment, said Capper. With advancements in efficiency comes not only a better economic situation but also can lead to environmental betterment.. - On page 40
Economic Selection Indices
RAAA’s philosophy of only printing Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) on Economically Relevant Traits (ERTs) has provided for simplification in selection decisions made by both purebred and commercial producers. - On page 46
Is she bred, Doc?
"Will she give me a calf or is she open?" This is one of the most important - and profit-related - questions beef cattle producers ask themselves. And knowing the answer sooner, rather than later, can easily justify the cost of pregnancy ultrasound in a beef herd. - On page 54
RAAA Board of Director Candidates
Kim has had a life-long involvement in the Red Angus breed. Her parents, Doug and Linda Andersen, purchased their first registered Red Angus cattle two years before Kim was born. Kim was active in 4-H when growing up, and was an active member of the Junior Red Angus Association, both in Nebraska and nationally. - On page 70
RAAA Year in Review
During fiscal year 2013-2014, the demand for Red Angus genetics continued to increase. The Red Angus bull, the Red Angus-sired mother cow and the Red Angus-influenced calf are geared to feed a protein-hungry world of consumers. The stage is set for Red Angus genetics to be front-and-center for expanding cowherds operated by savvy cattlemen. - On page 76
RAAA Year In Review
6. Nebraska 1,696 7. North Dakota 1,495 8. Minnesota 1,325 9. Missouri 1,080 10. Wyoming 1,075. - On page 78
Member News
When meeting with Tyler Kolek and his parents at their home on the Trinity River Land & Cattle ranch in tiny Shepherd, Texas, in January, the Miami Marlins got a personal tour of the 10,000-acre ranch from the hard-throwing right-hander. - On page 83
Sale Reports
Top-Selling Lots: The high-selling yearling bull was Lot 1, 3SCC Navigate A42, a son of VGW Navigator 010 out of a LCHMN Hevn’s Sake 1002F daughter that sold for $10,000 to Kemen Farms Red Angus of Madison, Minn.. - On page 86
Welcome to our Newest RAAA Members
DOWNEY’S NORTH FORTY RANCH WANDA & MICHAEL DOWNEY 4594 FREEDOM ACRES RD WELLINGTON, CO 80549. - On page 88
Calendar of Events
11-12 Western Livestock Video Sale, Cheyenne, WY 15 Iowa State Fair Red Angus Show, Des Moines, IA 18-22 Superior Livestock Big Horn Classic, Sheridan, WY 25-26 Northern Livestock Video Auction Early Fall Preview, Billings, MT 30 Kick Off Classic, Bloomfield, Iowa. - On page 96
Advertiser Index
3K Land & Cattle Co ............................86 5L Red Angus..................................29,91 A-1 Land & Cattle............................50-51 ABS ......................................................11 Accelerated Genetics ......................15,65 Andras Stock Farm ..............................98 Angelo Cattle Company .......................90 Angus World ........................................94 Atkinson Reds ......................................82 Axtell Cattle Co ....................................92 Bachman Cattle Farms....................81,97 Barenthsen-Bullinger Red Angus . - On page 98

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