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Board Commentary
Rapid genetic change can be made in any cowherd utilizing EPDs. Expected Progeny Differences are built on a foundation of actual data processed utilizing meaningful contemporary groups. Without this foundation, you might be in for a surprise. Consider this bus load of unsuspecting ‘consumers. - On page 6
Association Commentary
Probably the most familiar and proven approach to genetic improvement is the two-step process of (1) culling inferior animals, and (2) multiplying those that are superior. We in the beef cattle business continually engage in this process because it works. - On page 10
Marketing Update
Things don’t always go as well as planned when making genetic decisions. Just about the time you think you’ve created the best one or ones, it turns out you’ve fooled yourself. - On page 14
JRA Update
On Oct. 20 to 22, I had the privilege of attending the second Tomorrow’s Top Hands Beef Leadership Summit. The conference is held every other year and is hosted by the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association. I was one of 28 attendees, ages 14 to 20, who took the opportunity to attend this conference. - On page 22
Benefits of Transferring
Second, transferring the animal to the new buyer takes the animal out of your inventory. This is most important for females due the fact that females (assessed at 16 months of age or greater) will be subject to Total Herd Reporting assessment fees when active on your inventory. - On page 30
Member Services Update
International Calving Year letter for 2017 is ‘E.’ Many find this beneficial for tag and identification numbers, i.e. animal ID. How, and even if the letter is used, depends upon the ranch’s preferred style. - On page 30
Red Angus Association of America Releases Spring EPDs
Bull sale season has arrived and busy cattlemen now have the most up-to-date information to make genetic selections. The Red Angus Association of America released the 2017 Spring EPDs that evaluate traits from calving ease to performance to carcass merit. - On page 34
Measuring Success Through the Calves
Through diligent record keeping, and performance and carcass genetics, Ammanns earned a $60 premium per calf through Top Dollar Angus when they sold on Superior Livestock Auction’s video sale.. - On page 38
Management and Goal Setting Return Increased Revenues
Cattlemen have long held a reputation for placing the husbandry of their livestock as their highest priority. To Kentucky Red Angus commercial producer Kelly Smith, careful management and defined goals for one’s operation are imperative to success and satisfaction in the cattle business. - On page 56
Eight Steps to Take Control of a Year-Round Calving Season
The research is out there and it isn’t new - tightening calving seasons give producers many management and economic benefits. Even so, there are still many producers operating on a year-round calving season. Reining in a calving season can also cause huge management losses if done improperly. - On page 62
A Practical Analysis of DNA Tests for Genetic Merit
Advancements in the genetic selection tools used in agriculture have been one of the greatest untold success stories in our nation’s history. - On page 72
Genetic Improvement Using AI - Why Not?
With the upcoming spring breeding season just around the corner, artificial insemination is a good topic to discuss. You may have already read the articles and reviewed the university studies - AI works and the economic results are undeniable. Still only about 8 percent of U. - On page 88
Marriotts Adhere to Strict Standards for Crossbred Cowherd
The countryside is hilly and rocky, with the rocks sharp, rugged and hard on the feet of cows and bulls. Fescue dominates the pastures and hayfields. Then there’s the summer humidity and heat. - On page 106
Member News
After 34 years of service to the state cattle producers and the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association as executive vice president, Dr. Billy Powell announced plans to retire in 2017. Powell served as president of the Red Angus Association of America from 1974 to 1976. - On page 135
Sale Reports
Bull & Female Sale October 29, 2016 Drexel, Missouri 4 18-Month-Old Bulls $4,550 32 Yearling Bulls $3,869 3 Spring Heifer Calves $5,333 23 Yearling Open Heifers $3,351 5 2-Year- Old Heifers with Calves $3,720 The top-selling bull was Lot 35, LACY... - On page 136
Welcome to our Newest RAAA Members!
BRAZOS VALLEY LAND & CATTLE CO. MARSHALL DUJKA 4250 CLAYHEAD RD RICHMOND, TX 77406. - On page 140
Calendar of Events
1 Geib Red Angus Private Treaty Sales, Dagmar, MT 2 Black Hills Stock Show Red Angus Sale, Rapid City, SD 2 Nebraska Classic Red Angus Show & Sale, Kearney, NE 3 TJS Red Angus “Red Truck” Sale, Buffalo, WY 4 Hill 70 Quantock Ranch, Lloydminster,... - On page 148
Advertiser Index
3K Land & Cattle Co ..........................139 5L Red Angus................................73,143 9 MIle Ranch ........................................17 ABS Global ..........................................11 Accelerated Genetics ..........................13 Adams Angus Ranch..........................137 Andras Stock Farm ............................150 Angelo Cattle Company .....................142 Angus World ......................................146 Arrowsmith Red Angus ........................99 Atkinson Reds ....................................196 Axtell Cattle Co..............................42,144 Bachman Cattle Farms . - On page 150

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