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Hereford and Red Angus Heifers Recruited for Genomics Research

The University of Missouri is recruiting 2,500 Hereford heifers and 2,500 Red Angus heifers to participate in a heifer puberty and fertility genomic research project. Heifers should be registered Hereford, registered Red Angus, or commercial Hereford or Red Angus. Hereford x Red Angus crossbred heifers targeted for the Premium Red Baldy Program would also be a good fit for the research project. Producers must be willing to work with a trained veterinarian to collect the following data: ReproductiveTract Scores collected at a pre-breeding exam 30 to 45 days prior to the start of the breeding season. PelvicMeasurements (height and width) collected at the same pre-breeding exam 30 to 45 days prior to the start of the breeding season. Pregnancy Determination Using Ultrasound reporting fetal age in days. Ultrasound will need to occur no later than 90 days after the start of the breeding season. In addition, heifers must have known birth dates and have weights recorded eithe

Genomic Sweepstakes!?!?

Pfizer Animal Health (I thought we were supposed to call them Zoetis?) is having an online sweepstakes to gain more information about producers' use of and attitude towards genomic testing.

This contest only pertains to Angus-influenced cattle, as the HD 50K product is designed for registered Angus cattle and the Genemax product is designed for commercial cattle with a high percentage (>75%) Angus ancestry.

Here is a link to enter the sweepstakes. Here are the official rules.

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