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April 19 Webinar by Genetics Experts to Give Cattlemen Guidance on Creating the Best Herd
final webinar in series focuses on bull selection
CO (April 12, 2018) – This year’s edition of the NCBA Cattlemen’s
Genetics Webinar Series comes to a close April 19, with a special
presentation that puts a focus on honing bull selection. The
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association teamed up with six genetics
specialists from across the country to offer this series, which kicked
off Jan. 18. The Genetics Webinar Series was designed for producers who would
benefit from genetics knowledge, from the experienced seedstock breeder
to someone who might be new to the cattle industry and needs to better
understand genetics. It is being coordinated by the NCBA producer
education team. Earlier webinars were “The 4 S’s of Crossbreeding:
Simple, Structured, Successful and Sustainable,” “Show Me the Money!
Are there EPDs for Profit?”, and “Fake News: EPDs Don’t Work.” These
webinars can be accessed at www.NCBA.org
under the Producer Education tab. Titled “Putting the Tools to Use: Buying Your Next Bull,” the April 19
webinar puts the genetic concepts covered in the first three seminars
to work, as attendees will go to a virtual bull sale and select the
best bull from a sale catalog for two distinct production scenarios.
The webinar begins at 7 p.m. CDT. Leading discussion on the topic at the webinar will be Matt Spangler,
Ph.D., associate professor and extension beef genetics specialist at
the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and Bob Weaber, Ph.D., professor
and beef extension specialist at Kansas State University. Joining in
the discussion will be other members of the eBEEF team, a group of six
genetic specialists from five academic institutions who have invested
time and resources in the advancement of the cattle industry through
genetics. According to Josh White, NCBA executive director of producer education,
the genetics webinar series has been an effective extension of NCBA
educational webinars, which was started several years ago. “Some of the
largest participations in our webinars have been for genetics topics in
the spring,” said White. “This 2018 partnership with the eBEEF team has
been a terrific addition to the education we can provide.” Cattle producers are invited to join the webinar live, although
“homework” for the seminar – available at www.NCBA.org
– is advised. The homework includes the eBEEF bull sale catalog and the
eBEEF bull selection scenario. For
more information, go to the Producer Education tab of the NCBA.org website.
National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) has represented America's
cattle producers since 1898, preserving the heritage and strength of
the industry through education and public policy. As the largest
association of cattle producers, NCBA works to create new markets and
increase demand for beef. Efforts are made possible through
membership contributions. To join, contact NCBA at 1-866-BEEF-USA or email@example.com.
At the January 4th Show-Me-Select Board of Directors meeting, new service sire EPD requirements were approved. All sires, artificial insemination and natural service, must meet minimum Calving Ease Direct (CED) EPD requirements. In addition to yearly updates, two changes were made.
First, no Birth Weight EPD requirement will be published. All commonly used breeds now have CED EPDs available.
Second, all breeds in the International Genetic Solutions (IGS) genetic evaluation are now set to a common requirement. In the summer of 2018, breeds within the International Genetic Solutions switched to a single-step BOLT multi-breed genetic evaluation. The EPDs for animals in the IGS genetic evaluation are directly comparable across breeds.
Youth interested in the beef industry are encouraged to compete in a national essay contest. Essays should respond to the prompt “What does it mean to be a beef breeder in the 21st century?”
The winning essay will be published in one of BEEF magazine’s online newsletters (e.g. BEEF Daily or BEEF Cow-Calf Weekly). The 2nd through 5th place essays will be published on A Steak in Genomics blog. We will award $500 for first, $300 for second, and $200 for third place in the contest. New this year, we will have two age divisions, "13 and Younger" and "14 to 19".
Essays will be judged by beef genetics extension specialists, breed association staff, and trade publication staff.
Essays will be judged on their ability to encourage best practices and technology adoption by describing: Trust and effectiveness of beef breeding best practices and technologies.Simplicity of using technology.The profit and sustainability outcomes of using best practices and technology.
All bulls purchased after February 1st, 2019 for use as natural service sires in the Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program™ must be DNA tested to have genomic-enhanced EPDs. All bulls used as natural service sires after February 1st, 2020 must have genomic-enhanced EPDs, regardless of when they were purchased. Seedstock producers classifying bulls as Show-Me-Select qualified in sale books must have genomic-enhanced EPDs on those lots.
Bulls purchased prior to February 1st, 2019 will be grandfathered into the program, as is the common practice with all natural service sires. However, this grandfather grace period will end February 1st, 2020. At that time for a bull to qualify for use in the program, it must have genomic-enhanced EPDs.
Why the change?
The Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program has the goal of producing premium heifers that perform predictably as 2 year olds. The program has a history of requiring Show-Me-Select producers to go beyond typical cattle production pr…