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NCBA Hosts Cattle Genetics Webinars

National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) is partnering with to host a series of webinars in 2018. Find more information about the webinars in the series at The first webinar will be Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 7 p.m. CT.

AHA Educational Session 2017: Paving the Genetic Path

Dorian Garrick
Theta Solutions LLC

The Theta Solutions LLC is made up of Dr. Bruce Golden, Dr. Dorian Garrick, and Dr. Daniel Garrick. They have developed the BOLT software for genetic and genomic evaluations.

The American Hereford Association formed an advisory committee to check the new genetic evaluation system. The advisory committee looked at the process during development. The advisory committee included:

Joe EllisJack HolderLee HaygoodPaul BennettMitch Abrahamsen
Suppose we had 100 progeny (i.e. offspring) on 1 bull. You might look at that bull and decide you like him or you don’t like him. But, that bull is just an envelop that carries genetic information. What the bull looks like really doesn’t matter, what matters is what his progeny look like. The way to look at the genetic value, or breeding value, of the bull is to look at his offspring. But, there are lots of environmental effects that influence the performance of the offspring. One example is the age of the dam. We can ad…

KOMA Beef Cattle Conference in Springfield, Mo. on January 16th; Preregister by January 12th

Stockton, Mo. – The KOMA Beef Cattle Conference begins at 4 p.m., January 16, 2018, at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center in Springfield, Mo.
The KOMA (4 – State) Beef Cattle Conference is a joint effort by the Extension Services in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas.  It is designed to provide the latest information on beef cattle production, marketing, economics, nutrition and forage utilization. 
Presenters and presentations at the meeting include: Dr. David Lalman, Professor – Harrington Chair Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Oklahoma State University, will be discussing “matching genetic potential to forage resources”Dr. Jared Decker, Assistant Professor of Beef Genetics Extension and Computational Genomics at the University of Missouri – Columbia, will be discussing “genetics for cow efficiency and profit”Dr. Craig Payne, University of Missouri – Columbia Associate Extension Professor Veterinary Medicine, will be discussing “current thinking on parasite control in cat…

eBEEF announces webinar series

eBEEF is partnering with National Cattlemen's Beef Association to present a series of webinars in 2018. Please mark your calendars and watch for more information!

January 18, 2018 "Fake News: EPDs Don't Work", Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam and Dr. Matthew Spangler

February 22, 2018 "Show me the money! Are there EPDs for profit?", Dr. Darrh Bullock and Dr. Jared Decker

March 22, 2018 "The 4 S's of crossbreeding: simple, structured, successful, and sustainable", Dr. Robert Weaber and Dr. Megan Rolf

April 19, 2018 "Putting the tools to use: buying your next bull", the eBEEF team

These webinars will include opportunities for audience participation and will be an engaging series.

Show-Me-Plus™ Heifers to Sell in Fruitland, MO

On December 2, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Fruitland Livestock Auction, 80 bred heifers will be available for sale in the Southeast Missouri Show-Me-Select™ Replacement Heifer Sale. Seven of these heifers are Show-Me-Plus™ heifers. A Show-Me-Plus™ heifer is a registered or commercial heifer that has genomic predictions. For a registered heifer, this means she has GE-EPDs. For commercial heifers, it means she has been tested with a DNA panel providing genomic predictions.

The following lots contain Show-Me-Plus™ heifers.

Glen Birk Farms
1036 Co. Rd 341
Jackson, MO 63755

12 Angus Heifers
7 Registered Angus5 Commercial Angus4 Show-Me-PlusRegistered heifers:
1 is sired by KM Broken Bow 002, AI bred to Quaker Hill Rampage 0A36, bull calf due 2/8/18. This heifer qualifies as Tier II and has been i50K tested.3 are sired by Birks O’Reilly Factor 83, AI bred to AAR Ten X 7008 SA, bull calves due 2/8/18.1 is sired by GBF Upshot 4436, AI bred to AAR Ten X 7008 SA, bull calf due 2/8/18.2 are sir…

Show-Me-Plus™ Heifers to Sell December 8, 2017 in Farmington

The Show-Me-Select™ Replacement Heifer program will host a sale December 8, 2017 at the Farmington Livestock Auction starting at 7:00 p.m. At the sale, 3 Show-Me-Plus™ heifers will sell. 

A Show-Me-Plus™ heifer is a registered or commercial heifer that has genomic predictions. For a registered heifer, this means she has GE-EPDs. For commercial heifers, it means she has been tested with a DNA panel providing genomic predictions.

Below is information about the Show-Me-Plus™ heifers selling in Farmington, Missouri.

Turner Farms
Jon & Mary Ann Turner
10511 St. Hwy JJ
Belgrade, MO 63622
(573) 766-5361

All three heifers are Registered Black Angus and have been GGP-LD genomic tested.All have been AI'ed and then pasture exposed to Briarwood Mr Bismarck 5014, a son of S A V Bismarck 5682.Two pregnancy checked AI bred; on natural service bred.One Tier-2 daughter of Connealy Courage 25L; natural bred to Briarwood Mr Bismarck 5014; due around 4/17/2018.Two daughters of Sy…

Food Evolution Screening at Mizzou

The movie Food Evolution will show November 8, 7 p.m., Middlebush Auditorium, University of Missouri.
Join Mizzou's Food Science Association for a screening of the fascinating and controversial documentary, Food Evolution. Amongst all this conflict and confusion around food, how do we make the best decisions about how we feed ourselves? Food Evolution, from Academy Award®-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy (The Garden, Fame High, OT: Our Town), explores the controversy surrounding GMOs and food. In the GMO debate, both pro- and anti- camps claim science is on their side. Who’s right?

Show-Me-Plus™ Heifers to Sell at Kingsville

Seven Show-Me-Plus™ heifers will sell at the Show-Me-Select™ Replacement Heifer Sale on November 25, 2017 at Kingsville Livestock Auction, starting at 11:00 a.m.

A Show-Me-Plus™ heifer is a registered or commercial heifer that has genomic predictions. For a registered heifer, this means she has GE-EPDs. For commercial heifers, it means she has been tested with a DNA panel providing genomic predictions.

Below is information about the Show-Me-Plus™ heifers selling in Kingsville.

Balancer Heifers - Show Me Plus(7 hd) Home-raised and very gentle, commercial Balancer heifers raised with low stress handling, rotational grazing and electric fenced trained.Sired by Seedstock Plus Gelbvieh bulls that are full of performance and growth, maturing into super cows for the new owner.Bred to Gelbvieh bulls full of performance, ranking in top 1% for milk, 5% for CE, TM and YG.All heifers are genomically tested and qualify as Show Me Plus.4-year “Show-Me-Select” Producer.Consignor: Pleasantview Cattle …

TRC Field Day: The Most Important Trait in Beef Cattle Selection?

What is the most important trait in beef cattle selection? Watch Jared Decker's presentation from the Thompson Research Center Field Day to find out.


AHA Educational Session: Hereford Leading the Industry

Jack Ward
AHA Executive Vice President

Kevin Oschner was the consultant helping with the AHA Strategic Plan.

Oschner interviewed:
Hereford breedersSeedstock producers from other breedsCommercial cow-calf producersBull stud and reproduction professionalExtension service personnelAuctioneerPackers They also sent a survey to all AHA membership. They had 518 participants from 43 states.

Oschner then organized the information. Webinars were then held with the board of directors.
They then had a 2 and a half day session to create the strategic plan.

They also brought in outside thought leaders, which included
John Lundeen, NCBAJoe Pawlak, TechnomicsJohn Butler, Beef Marketing GroupMitch Abrahamsen, Ph.D., RecombineticsClint Schwab, Ph.D., The Maschoff's
Mitch Abrahamsen

The consumer is interested in how their food is made. The consumer can use social media to reach through to the food provider (McDonalds, Subway, Walmart, etc.). The restaurant then talks to their provider, the …

AHA Educational Session: Maximizing Profit

Trey Befort AHA Director of Commercial Programs
Brent Lowderman Carthage Livestock, Inc.
Case Gabel 
Hereford Advantage Program is a genetic merit feeder cattle program which looks at the bull batteries going into commercial programs. A commercial producer using Hereford bulls sends in the registration numbers for their bull battery. The Hereford Advantage Program then shows, compared to breed average, where these bulls sit. This is used to market the calves.
Lowderman In 2003, John Meents approached Lowderman about having a Hereford influenced cattle. They started with 150 head, and last year they had over 800. Calves need to have two rounds of shots. Needs to be castrated and dehorned. They then break the calves into lots based on 100 pounds increments to group them into similar lots (steers between 450 and 550 pound, between 550 and 650, etc.). Heifers are broken into lots by 75 pound breaks. The Hereford sale is within 1 to 3 dollars of the Angus influenced sale that is held within the …