Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Brangus Journal: Understanding Genomic Prediction

Head on over to the Brangus Journal website to see some of my latest writing on genomic prediction.

The Dance Steps of Genomics Part I: Understanding Genomic Prediction

Personally, it is probably my favorite of the articles I have written, so I would encourage you to make the time to read it.

What do you think of the article? As always, your feedback is welcome.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

AHA Educational Forum: myHERD services

Stacy Sanders and SyAnn Foster
AHA

"When we do things electronically, we are no longer waiting on the postal service," said Stacy Sanders.

He also noted that electronic reporting did not require any handling or processing by the association staff.

The electronic recording also eliminates paper work and automatically uses semen certificates that have been released to the breeder.

In addition to the AHA myHERD.org service, the association also allows you to use Genetic and Economic Management (G.E.M.) and CattleMax. AHA is also working with the smart phone app CALF BOOK. "We want to give you options, we want to give you something that works for you," Sanders said.

The myHERD service is also switching to a different system to enable a faster web interface, which will also work better on smaller screens like tablets and smartphones.

AHA has a goal of 80% of records turned in electronically. Weaning and yearling data is currently above 80% reported electronically, other data points, such as registrations or payments are increasing.

When using a third party software, make sure that you are creating animals in the software, not in myHERD. Once the initial extract is made to go into the third party software, the AHA does not send data to the software. This is a one-way street of the data going from the software into the AHA system.

The easiest way to transfer animals is to make sure you get the buyers member ID. This is the best way to identify a member in myHERD. myHERD is also able to search for nonmembers that are already in the AHA database.

You can also release AI certificates to customers and to see which certificates have been released to you.

myHERD also displays information which producers you have done business with. You are able to download this list to get addresses and other contact information for your customers. This list can also be extend to 5 years. The download is a CSV file which can be easily opened in Microsoft Excel, or other spreadsheet software.

In myHERD you can also update incorrect data, see adjusted weights, and other reports. Breeders can also order DNA tests through myHERD, see the status of currently ongoing tests, and see previous DNA test results.

There is now a new button to get calf crop data. First, go to the TPR Whole Herd Reporting screen. Click on the calf crop you want to retrieve. You can then click on the "Calf Crop" button to download the data on that calf crop. This data includes data records such as weights, chute scores, dam weights, etc. This report also contains EPD and EPD accuracy data. This report will also contain any genetic defect testing.

AHA has held "School of myHERD.org" webinars. They now have 23 myHERD tutorials on the AHA website at http://hereford.org/content/schoolofmyherdtutorials. There are two ways to view myHERD tutorials.
The first method tells you step by step and tells you where on the screen to click.
Second, you can have all steps shown or printed at once.

When ordering DNA tests, it automatically shows you active animals. But, if you need to DNA test a deceased or disposed animal, you can simply click on "All Animals" to show all your animals. After selecting the animal, you click the primary reason for DNA testing the animal. You will then choose the type of test you want to use (parentage, GE-EPD, horn-polled, etc.). When doing parentage, if one of the parents does not have a DNA test on file, it will automatically create a field to order a DNA test for that parent. myHERD will also check for duplicate DNA testing, which saves the association money.

Another new feature in myHERD is to look at the status and results of previously purchased test.

Allflex tag products are now available directly from AHA. Allflex has a Tissue Sampling Unit (TSU) that will take a sample for DNA testing. These ear tags can be various combinations of visual, EID, and TSU Allflex products. The TSU sample can be kept at room temperature for a year, and if kept in a freezer can be kept indefinitely (a long time).
PI testing can also be done with TSU sample. AHA is investigating offering PI testing at the same time as DNA testing. One way to simplify DNA testing and PI testing at the same time is to collect two samples.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Road Warrior: First Week of November Addition

This weekend I get to cross the state to visit with several producer groups.

Friday November 4th I will be speaking at 3pm at the Joplin Regional Stockyards during the Central States Beefmaster Breeders Association field day. The CSBBA will be having a performance bull sale at the Joplin Regional Stockyards the next day at 1 pm. I will be discussing the how and why of genomics.

Saturday, at 8am I will be speaking as part of the Pearls of Production Program at the University of Missouri South Farm Research Center in Columbia, MO. I will be discussing bull selection, and the South Farm herd bulls will be on display for viewing.

Saturday at 7 pm I will be speaking at the 2016 Beef Producers Seminar in Maryville, MO. The trade show will start at 2pm with demonstrations and presentations to follow.  I will be discussing genomic prediction, and we will have a live animal demonstration with a set of heifers that have commercial heifer genomic predictions.

Google says this will be 942 miles on the road for me...

Hope to see you at one of my stops this weekend!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Farm Management Program Addresses Tough Times and Tackles Tough Questions in Agriculture

          According to Garry L. Mathes, chair of the 2016 Missouri Livestock Symposium, producers and land owners coming to the Missouri Livestock Symposium to participate in the farm management section can expect the speaker lineup to address some of the toughest questions facing agriculture today. Mathes continues to say that the Missouri Livestock Symposium continually strives to be on the cutting edge of producer education and our Farm Management section is designed to do just that.
Dr. Scott Brown, University of Missouri ag economist, will return for the Saturday program to lead two discussions. The first talk focuses on “Land Values and Cash Rents: How Far Will They Fall” and the second talk concentrates on “Who is Winning the Agricultural Trade Game.” Dr. Brown brings many years of experience dealing with agricultural economics and farm management. Mathes notes Scott is an exceptional speaker and no one will want to miss his presentations. 
Also speaking in the Farm Management Section will be Jennifer Wood, crop insurance agent, discussing the changes and specifics of the Livestock Risk Protection Program as well as additional information on the Pasture Range and Forage insurance program.
Rounding out the Farm Management Section will be three talks on estate planning. Dr. Ron Hanson, University of Nebraska, will address the challenges farming families face when transferring farm ownership to the next generation. Dr. Hanson’s talks include “You Can Buy the Family Farm, But I Still Own It,” “Overcoming Family Challenges to Farm Succession Planning for Success,” and “Keeping Your Farm in the Family for the Next Generation-Is There a Succession Plan.” Mathes continues to say, “We are extremely excited to host Dr. Hanson at this year’s Livestock Symposium. Anyone who owns a farm or ranch will benefit greatly from hearing Dr. Hanson speak about overcoming the family challenges to ownership transfer.”
Mathes notes that there will be a lot more of interest in addition to the Farm Management program. There is a full lineup of nationally acclaimed speakers on beef cattle, horses, sheep, meat goats, stock dogs, backyard poultry and beekeeping. The Symposium also features a free trade show and two free meals—a beef supper on Friday evening at 6 p.m. and a Governor’s Style Luncheon on Saturday at noon.
            The Symposium runs from 4-10 p.m. on Friday, December 2 and 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 3. The event will be held at the William Mathew Middle School, 1515 S. Cottage Grove in Kirksville, MO. No pre-registration is needed and there is no cost to attend. Mathes notes, “if there is a better deal anywhere he wants to know about it!”
The Friday night program will also feature a keynote address by Dr. Scott Brown titled “The Financial Challenges and Opportunities Facing Missouri Agriculture.” Dr. Galen Hill of Kirksville, MO will be honored with the 2016 Missouri Livestock Person of the Year.
Additional details about speakers, topics, lodging, meals, trade show, and more can be found at the Missouri Livestock Symposium website at www.missourilivestock.com and our Facebook page; or call Garry Mathes at 660-341-6625 or the Adair County Extension Center at 660-665-9866.

            

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