April 2013

The 8 Most Common Genetic Mistakes

1.  More Is Not Better

We can all do the math. +100 is more than +90 on yearling weight. On milk, +30 is more than +20 and that means more pounds to sell at weaning, right? However, these EPD’s only measure output – not profit. Profit is output minus cost. Unfortunately more output usually comes from more inputs – i.e. more feed. Animals with higher EPD’s for yearling and milk don’t convert better, they just eat more per day. Bigger EPD, higher feed consumption cattle have bigger mature weights. In fact, the dam of the average +100 YW EPD bull weighs over 1650 pounds in good body condition.

Aces Wild Ranch

While Aces Wild Ranch is a relatively new venture in the cattle business, owners, Jed Watje and Katie Johnson are no newcomers to the cattle industry.Born with it in our blood, Jed’s great-great grandfather was the President of the American Shorthorn Association in 1918 and one of the first importers of Shorthorn cattle into the United States. He exhibited the Champion Shorthorn bull at the 1918 Chicago International Stock Show. My maternal great-grandfather was a cattle trader and built the old Cumming Livestock Auction, which at one time was one of the highest grossing livestock commissions in Georgia, and my paternal great-grandfather was a rancher from Crawford, Texas.

Market Them to the MAX

Smart Marketing, Risk Management Widen Profit Margins

Market volatility, basis moves and narrow margins make smart marketing and risk management mission critical for beef producers. Producers need it, lenders want it and the times demand it.

Paul and Janet Riniker, Iowa producers, own an operation of about 1,300 head of Angus cattle. “On our farm, we focus on quality and grade,” Riniker says. Paying close attention to the cattle on the Riniker farm, meeting goals comes from hard work in herd health and animal care. “We’re all about doing a good job raising beef.”