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Ohio Angus Newsletter December 2012 www.ohioangus.org

2013 Ohio Angus Annual Meeting & Banquet Saturday; February 2nd, 2013 Der Dutchman Restaurant; Plain City, OH SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

4 p.m.

Ohio Angus Annual Meetings -Ohio Angus Annual Meeting: Select Sires Killgren Center Meeting Room -Ohio Jr. Angus Annual Meeting: Ohio Cattleman’s Association Board Room -Ohio Angus Auxiliary Annual Meeting: Select Sires Killgren Center

5 p.m.

Doors Open, Der Dutchman Restaurant Banquet Room

6 p.m. Ohio Angus Annual Banquet, Awards Program & 2013 Directory Auction: Der Dutchman Restaurant Banquet Room Ohio Angus Association Annual Banquet RSVP

• Must be received by January 11! • Tickets will not be available at the door! Contact Name: __________________________________ Phone:_________________________ Names of those attending: Name Name _________________________________ _____________________________________ _________________________________ _____________________________________ _________________________________ _____________________________________ _________________________________ _____________________________________ Number of tickets:_________________________ X $15.00 Each = $_________ Anyone requiring their own seat will be required to have a ticket. Tickets will be mailed following receipt of payment. Mail to: Ohio Angus Association, Dan Wells, Secretary/Fieldman; 625 Cattail Rd., Chillicothe, OH 45601


Secretary’s Corner

In This Issue...

Ohio Angus Breeders,

Ohio Angus Annual Meeting & Banquet Secretary’s Corner Angus Super Star Sale 2013 Ohio Angus Media Kit Sale Reports OSU Livestock Judging Team @ NAILE Industry News & Notes Ohio Angus Auxiliary Embryo Raffle Ohio Angus Auxiliary Scholarships Info Ohio Angus Queen Application Info Industry News & Notes Calendar of Events Ohio Angus Directory Cover Photo Contest

To start, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year! As 2012 comes to an end, we a very busy preparing for the many events and activities coming up with the association in the first couple months of 2013. The Ohio Angus Annual Meeting & Banquet will be held on February 2nd at The Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, OH. The annual meetings will be held prior to the Banquet and hosted at the Select Sires Killgren Center and the Ohio Cattleman’s office. More information is available on the website and page 1 of this newsletter. At the Annual Banquet, we will be holding our Annual Directory page auction, selling many the premier placement and full color pages. If you are interested in purchasing a premier page, but are unable to attend the banquet, please let me know. Finally, the Ohio Beef Expo and Angus Super Star Sale are just a few months off. If you are considering consigning cattle to this great sale the consignment deadline in January 11th. More information on the sale can be found on page 3 of this newsletter, while the consignment forms are online at www.ohioangus.org or available by contacting myself.

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2013 Ohio Angus Super Star Sale Ohio Beef Expo - Ohio State Fairgrounds, Columbus, Ohio Parade of entries: Friday, March 16, 2012

Sale: Saturday, March 17, 2012

Deadline for Entries is January 11, 2013, via e-mail or hard copy, absolutely no exceptions. All entry materials must be postmarked, bear postage stamps and have a legible cancellation date. No metered mail. Entry forms may be obtained at www.ohioangus.org or by contacting Dan Wells 1. Nomination fee: $100 Per Head, (Non refundable) Must accompany entry. Sale commission at or near 15% 2. Nomination fee will cover stall fee, bedding, transfer, vet and check off fees. 3. In case of excess numbers, the Ohio Angus Association reserves the right to have the sale committee review entries and screen if necessary. Preference will be given to older cattle and prior consignors. 4. Substitute lots are allowed. Prior notice is requested. 5. All entries must participate in the parade for buyer review on Friday. Cattle will be paraded youngest to oldest, with heifers before bulls in Cooper Arena. Grooming is not necessary for the parade. 6. Membership in the Ohio Angus Association is required, and 2013 dues must accompany entry. 7. Bulls born after January 1, 20010 are eligible. 2012 bulls should be ready for service on sale day. 8. Females born after January 1,2008 are eligible. Embryo transplants/recipients, and pregnancies are eligible. 9. Entries are limited to 4 bulls per consignor. Out of state members are limited to 4 head, no more than 2 Bulls. 10. Sale order to be determined by sale committee. All entries will sell as individual lots - No groups or buyer’s choice. 11. Entries must include the following: Ohio Angus membership form and $35 dues, Nomination form, $100 per lot consignment fee, typed footnote support info for catalog (email preferred-Sale Mgr. will write footnotes), and support photos if desired - Only digital pictures will be accepted, via email or CD. 12. All materials - footnote info, pictures, etc. must be received by January 11, or they may not be included in catalog! 13. Make checks payable to Ohio Angus Association Sale Management.

Mail to: Ohio Angus Association, Dan Wells, Sec./Fieldman 625 Cattail Rd., Chillicothe, Ohio 45601 • Phone: 740-505-3843 OCA Membership Required for all consignors in the Ohio Beef Expo. If not paid by March 8, a $40 late fee in addition to dues will be assessed to participate in the Expo. *Please pay OCA* Their address is: 10600 U.S. Rt. 42, Marysville, Ohio 43040, or visit www.ohiocattle.org

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2013 Ohio Angus Media Kit & Advertising Opportunities Directory/Handbook Advertising

• Membership directory with Ohio Angus Association, Jr. Association, and Ladies Auxiliary information, show and sale info, calendar, breeder tools, activity results and photos, and advertisements • Published annually in March. Mailed directly to all members and advertisers. • Additional copies distributed throughout Ohio and surrounding states at shows, sales, and industry events • Ad design services are available, additional charges apply Pricing Specifications Black/white Full Color live area bleed full page $225 $385 5.5 x 8.5 1/8 in. (.125) 1/2 page $130 $225 5.5 x 4.25 1/8 in. (.125) 11% discount for ads received by deadline in copy ready (PDF) format Ads should be submitted in high resolution (300dpi) PDF. • • • • • •

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Premium pages / buyers choice page selection to be sold at auction, Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Ohio Angus annual banquet Confidential bids will be accepted if you cannot attend auction - minimum bid $250 Auction purchased ads include ad placement, design/layout, and color charges with no additional fees Full color pages are limited availability and usually sell out at auction February 8 - Deadline to reserve ad space February 15 - Deadline for plans and materials to be submitted for Ad design / layout assistance

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• Published 11 times per year (February - December) Approximate mail date is the 5th. E-mailed on or near 5th to E-list members • Copy Ready Ad Deadline is the 20th of the preceding month • Ad design services - submit plans by the 10th of the preceding month, additional charges apply • Ads from other publications - submit order instruction by the 20th of preceding month, fees may apply • Ads will appear on “featured ads” on front page of web site for 30 days prior to event or specified date • Business card ads will appear on website “advertising” page for 1 year (may be purchased at pro-rated price any time.) • Pricing is for copy ready ads in PDF format • Newsletter is printed black and white -ads may be submitted in color and will be used in color for web/email versions • Print ads should be submitted in high resolution (300dpi) PDF format, in full color if desired, printer will convert to grayscale • Angus sale advertisers will receive free sale representation and fieldman services with the placing of 2 full page ads. • Must be current Ohio Angus member to advertise cattle sales, and content must relate to sale of Angus cattle. Size full page 1/2 page Bus Card

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• One time e-mail with or without attachment • Sent to all Ohio Angus E-Blast list, including Ohio Angus member and Angus breeders from surrounding states. (App. 900 emails) • $100 per e-mail / $50 with purchase of full page news ad • Email submitted as high resolution JPeg at 1800 x 2700 pixels.

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• The membership and other mailing lists are the sole property of the Ohio Angus Assocation and may not be duplicated or used in any manner without proper consent. • Members or business advertisers may conduct special mailings through the Ohio Angus Association, for $150 plus printing and mailing costs • Under no circumstances will the mailing list be distributed via hard copy or electronic to to anyone other than the printer of choice for the mailing.

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Sale Reports Buckeye Best of Both Worlds Sale

Sale Date: November 17, 2012 Sale Location: Claylick Run Sale Facility, Newark, OH Auctioneer: Dave Mullins Sale Manager: Ohio Angus Association High Selling Open Heifers Lot: Price: DOB: Consignor: Buyer: 7 $3,000 3/6/12 Wells Livestock, Chillicothe, OH Maplecrest Farms, Hillsboro, OH 6 $2,800 4/6/12 Dillon Simmentals, Nashport, OH W&E Farms, Charles Whipkey, Holbrook, PA 13 $2,700 11/19/11 Saunders Simmentals, New Philly, OH W&E Farms, Charles Whipkey, Holbrook, PA 9 $2,450 2/25/12 Heil Farms, Adamsville, OH John Geller, Heath, OH High Selling Bred Heifers 21 $3,200 4/28/11 KSR Cattle Com., Mt. Gilead, OH John McKay, Plain City, OH 27 $2,950 2/16/11 HFA Angus, Radnor, OH Pleasant View Farm, Joe McCoy, Ravenswood, WV 30 $2,600 9/1/10 Wells Livestock, Chillicothe, OH Sam Hostetler, East Rochester, OH 22 $2,550 4/9/11 Maple Valley Farm, Hillsboro, OH McConnell Creek Cattle, Lucasville, OH High Selling Spring Bred Cows 43 $3,400 8/5/09 Ferguson Show Cattle, Chardon, OH McConnell Creek Cattle, Lucasville, OH 45 $3,200 3/26/09 Ferguson Show Cattle, Chardon, OH Roger McConnell, Mt. Vernon, OH 64 $2,750 1/8/04 Stanleyville Cattle Com., Whipple, OH Scheiderer Farms, Plain City, OH 57 $2,500 5/18/07 Sanders Skylight Farm, Harrod, OH Scheiderer Farms, Plain City, OH High Selling Fall Pair 36+A $4,250 6/10/09 Gahler Farms, Graytown, OH Kevin Hinds, Newcomerstown, OH 35+A $2,550 9/9/09 Wells Livestock, Chillicothe, OH Neill Farms, Waterford, OH 32+A $2,500 4/13/10 Locust Lane Farm, Ashland, OH Davis Farms, Kingston, OH 40+A $2,450 12/23/07 Claylick Run Genetics, Newark, OH Scheiderer Farms, Plain City, OH Lots: 35 Angus Lots 28 Simm. & % Simm. Lots 63 Total Sale Lots

Gross:

Average: $80,375 $59,050 $139,425

$2,296 Cattle sold into Ohio, West Virginia & Pennsylvania $2,108 Volume Buyer: Randy Brehm, Fayette, OH $2,213

Eastern Ohio Angus Fall Sale

Sale Date: October 27, 2012 Sale Location: Muskingum Livestock, Zanesville, OH Auctioneer: Ron Kries Sale Manager: Ohio Angus Association High Selling Open Heifers Lot: Price: DOB: Consignor: Buyer: 14 $775 4/9/12 Rihaley Farms, Cadiz, OH Lynn Mullett, Warsaw, OH 15 $775 3/17/12 Rihaley Farms, Cadiz, OH Lynn Mullett, Warsaw, OH High Selling Bred Heifers 20 $1,250 3/1/11 Blackhoof Creek Angus, Wapakoneta, OH Lake View Farm, Senecaville, OH High Selling Spring Bred Cows 24 $2,050 3/31/08 Black Acres Angus, Moundsville, WV Daniel Ebie, Mogadore, OH 25 $20,25 3/12/08 Nobleland Farm, Caldwell, OH Charles Gutridge, Glenford, OH 31 $1,900 1/10/07 Paradise Cattle Company, Ashville, OH Randy Smith, Lewsiville, OH 22 $1,750 1/20/10 S&J Angus, Wheeling, WV Charles Gutridge, Glenford, OH High Selling Bull 9 $4,000 2/15/11 Davis Show Cattle, Zanesville, OH David Dolan, Cambridge, OH 6 $3,200 3/20/11 TerrAqua Farm, Massillon, OH Randy Morris, Vincent, OH 11 $2,800 1/3/10 Deger Angus, Lebanon, OH Charlotte Nichols, Belpre, OH High Selling Angus Steer 1 $800 4/15/12 S&J Angus, Wheeling, WV Andrew Haines, Warsaw, OH Lots: 36 Registered Lots 6 Commercial Lots 42 Total Sale Lots

Gross:

Average: $52,100 $9,450 $61,550

$1,447 Cattle sold into Ohio $1,575 Volume Buyer: Willard Stanley, Glouster, OH $1,465

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Ohio State livestock judgers turns setback into success at the NAILE

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University Livestock Judging Team placed ninth at the 107th National Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest held during the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) in Louisville, Ky. on Nov. 13, 2012. After attending the American Royal on Nov. 3, 2012 and reporting their poorest performance of the year, placing 15th, Ohio State turned their setback into a comeback by placing ninth out of 29 teams at the NAILE. This was the first time an Ohio State team has placed in the top 10 at the NAILE since 2004. Team members at the NAILE contest included Jake Boyert, Seville, Ohio, Lindsey Grimes, Hillsboro, Ohio, Bailey Harsh, Radnor, Ohio, Trey Miller, Baltimore, Ohio, and Kyle Nickles, Loudonville, Ohio. Ohio State had a few individuals recognized at the awards ceremony. Grimes and Harsh were both named to the 10-person All American Team. This team is selected based on outstanding achievement in academics, community and industry service, and livestock judging. Boyert was the ninth high individual in swine judging. Other team members that traveled to the NAILE included Nate Benich, Plymouth, Ohio, Linsey Howell, Danville, Ohio, Audrey Neal, Tiffin, Ohio, and Nick Wright, Brookville, Ohio. Students judged 12 classes of 4 animals and then presented 8 sets of oral reasons on select classes of sheep, swine and cattle. Nearly 140 individual collegiate students participated in the contest at the NAILE.

OSU Livestock Judging Coach Kyle Culp was humbled by the hard work and accomplishments his team achieved at the NAILE. “I am extremely proud of the progress and success this team has had this past year,” Culp said. “Not only have these students put in countless hours of practice, but they demonstrated how students who set high goals can accomplish them.” Culp was also proud that Ohio State had a majority of 4-year students on a team that placed in the top 10 teams. “Not a single 4-year student has competed on the winning team at the NAILE since 2004,” Culp said. “This year, 4 of our 5 students competing on the floor did not have previous collegiate judging experience. Despite having a few mistakes, we were still able to compete with perennial powerhouse programs, and I’m confident our teams will continue to make strides as long as they believe in themselves and are willing to work hard. The 2012 team won 2 contests and finished in the top ten 8 out of 9 times. They set the bar high for future Buckeye teams, and I’m only interested in continuing to improve our students’ success as we move our program forward.” Culp is excited to begin preparing next year’s team in December and knows they will have tremendous growth in the practice period. For more information about the OSU Livestock Judging Team, please contact Kyle Culp at culp.1045@osu. edu or 614-292-2201.

L to R: Linsey Howell, Danville, OH, Jake Boyert, Seville, OH, Bailey Harsh, Radnor, OH, Kyle Nickles, Loudonville, OH, Trey Miller, Baltimore, OH, Nate Benich, Plymouth, OH, Lindsey Grimes, Hillsboro, OH, Nick Wright, Brookville, OH, Audrey Neal, Tiffin, OH, and Kyle Culp, Team Coach.

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Industry News & Notes Reduce cow costs, increase revenue What makes a big difference, and what doesn’t? By Miranda Reiman

Property taxes don’t mind if your cows are black or white or red. Ranches must have fences, pickups and equipment, regardless of what the calves weigh at weaning. “Fixed cost doesn’t care whether you’ve got 400 cows, 200 cows, 60 cows or 2 cows. It’s going to be the same,” says Stan Bevers, Texas A & M University beef economist. “The only way to drive down the impact is to get more cows.” As the industry anxiously awaits a drought reversal and herd rebuilding, many experts say now is the time to analyze overall carrying expenses. “One of the problems that we run into is that guys don’t calculate their cow costs, so things get out of perspective,” says Jim McGrann, emeritus ranch management economist at Texas A & M. “They will try to save in areas where it’s not going to make that big of a difference.” McGrann implemented the management program know as Standardized Performance Analysis (SPA) in the 1990s, to help producers benchmark their herd against others. Bevers now manages that program, which shows an average annual cost of $590.85 for a cow in 2012. “I started in 1989. Then, the average cost was about a dollar per day, so we haven’t quite doubled, but it’s getting close,” he says. Each year, he adds, the largest components are labor, management, depreciation and feed. It’s important to keep vehicle and equipment cots in check, McGrann says. “But everything else is more of a question of execution of a good plan and watching how they spend their money.” A key is keeping a focus on reproduction. “Cost control is more closely related to making sure they don’t hurt reproduction,” he says. “For example, if they don’t feed right, they are going to hurt reproduction. If they don’t get high calf crops relative to their exposed females, they can never have a low cost operation.” Scott Brown, University of Missouri ag economist, points to a tool developed by colleague Brent Carpenter that is designed to help determine what one could pay for a female. “Losing a calf in one of her first three or four years reduces what you should pay for her by more than

$600,” he says, noting that predictable calving-ease genetics may provide some risk protection. “If you’re not a cost-effective producer, you’re not going to be in business regardless,” Brown says. “But many of those costs you don’t have much control over because of your cow choice. I think there is a lot more gain to be had on the revenue side than the expense side.” When rain comes, the decisions made in the rebuilding process could have a huge impact on future production. “Really the market is telling you that you have to have cattle that will grade and yield and be taken to a pretty heavy weight,” McGrann says. That all starts with genetics, and better bulls come with a higher price tag. But McGrann says that shouldn’t scare a producer. “When I’m purchasing a bull, it will have an economic life of anywhere from three to five years,” he says. “When you put it in the proper perspective—what does it means in terms of depreciation per female serviced—it’s really a low cost number.” A $3,100 bull servicing 25 cows per year for 5 years averages out to a $45.49 annual service cost per cow exposed. That’ just 7.6% of total cow costs. Spend another $400 on a bull and that number increases less than $4, at 8.2% of total cow costs. Increasing by $1,000 to buy the bull for $4,100 would figure out to a $55.29 service charge, or 9.2% of cow costs. That’s holding everything else equal. What if those genetics are more expensive because they’re more reliable, more efficient or help cut costs in other ways? Looking at the revenue side helps prove the value. “What’s it really mean if I get another 10 or 20 pounds of weaning weight on those calves?” Brown asks. In terms of cow costs, the Missouri calculator says you could pay $175 more for a cow if she weans 20-lb. heavier calves. “The chance to improve genetics in your herd should be something that everyone is looking at,” Brown says. In his definition, that would fall into several categories: mothering ability and calving ease, growth and carcass quality. “Bulls that are going to have maternal traits would be a big piece of that,” says James Henderson, of Bradley 3 Ranch in the lower Texas panhandle. The seedstock Angus breeder has been focused on a cow that works in the mesquite brush environmental they call home. Structural soundness is a bare minimum, but after that he suggests commercial Angus producers look at benchmarking tools like the SPA program they’ve participated in since its inception, as well as recent advancements like the GeneMax DNA test from Certified Continued on page 10


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Ohio Angus Auxiliary Scholarships are open to all graduating seniors who are both members of the Ohio Jr. Angus Association, and have received their Bronze and Silver Show Awards. Ohio winners will be forwarded on for National scholarship competition. Applications must be sent to: Sharon L. Sanders 5959 Hay Rd. Harrod, Ohio   45850-9753 SEND VIA PRIORITY MAIL with tracking number! MUST BE POSTMARKED BY March 23, 2013 American Angus Auxiliary Scholarship rules apply. Application form can be found at www.angusauxiliary.com If you have any questions contact Sharon at sanders_skylight_farm@hotmail.com or by phone at 419-648-3233. You can’t win if you don’t fill out the application!

Ohio Angus Queen Applications Due! The Ohio Angus Auxiliary are now accepting applications for the 2013 Ohio Angus Queen competition. Ohio Angus Queen is open to Ohio Angus Association members that are at least 16 years of age as of January 1, 2013. The Ohio Angus Queen is required to be present at the following activities & shows: Ohio Beef Expo, Ohio Preview Show, Ohio State Fair, Ohio Angus Field Day and Annual Banquet. The queen may represent the Ohio Angus Association at other events of her choosing. Application is available at www.ohioangus.org Or by contacting an Ohio Angus Auxiliary officer. Jackie Egner 419-347-7123 Lynn Hill 740-367-7021 Cheri Miller 419-665-2251 Applications are due: January 18, 2013 Send applications to Lynn Hill at: champion@jbnets.net or 11503 SR 554, Bidwell, OH 45614

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Industry News & Notes Small change$, big returns

What The 5% effect compounds in your bottom line By Miranda Reiman

Change doesn’t have to be dramatic and sweeping to make an impact. Bill Rishel, a registered Angus breeder from North Platte, Neb., says little gains in efficiency, functionality and carcass merit all add up. For easy math, he uses a 100-head example. “As a cow-calf producer, the number one traits for profitability are fertility, reproduction and herd health,” he says. If an average herd has 90 head survive to weaning, what would five more mean? “Five additional head, because you had a little more fertility, you had a little better health or management—that’s about a $3,000 bump,” Rishel says. Calving ease is one easy place to make that gain: “Years ago the only tool we had was phenotype,” he says. “Today, when you add the genomics into the EPDs [expected progeny difference], we’re a lot further along than ever before in my life.” Tools are available to pick the “right” sires and drive improvements in other areas, he says. Those 95 calves move on to the industry average 205day weaning, at 2.5 pounds (lb.) of weight per day of age (WDA). At just over $1.48 per hundredweight (cwt.), that’s $757. But what if they gained more? “That 5% increase, along with the five more calves—now you’re talking about some really big money,” Rishel says. Such a percentage gain in weaning weights means WDA moves from 2.5 to 2.63 lb. That may not seem like much, he says, but figuring in all multipliers moves total calf price to more than $797, and $7,585 to the herd’s bottom line. A boost in gain and efficiency could show up in the feedyard, too. Increasing average daily gain (ADG) by that 5% would turn 3.4 lb./day into 3.57. On a 600-lb. total gain, that changes the per-head value by just $4.53, but measured on that 95 head it adds up to more than $430. Feed efficiency can have much more effect, as improving from 6.2 lb. to 5.89 lb. of feed to gain a pound of beef, just 5%, creates a $35/head value difference. That’s $3,357 on the entire herd. Efficiency and quality can be achieved in

tandem, Rishel says, noting one last place to make an improvement: the cooler. “Using genetic tools to make changes with highly heritable traits, now we can do something that impacts the entire industry,” he says. Citing an Oklahoma State University sire evaluation study, he says 16 bulls with superior carcass traits added an average of $3.27/cwt. to the carcass value. “I took that number and applied it to an 850-lb. average carcass weight,” Rishel says. “The added value per carcass was $27.80.” That’s another $2,641. “So let’s add this up,” he says. The greater value from 5% improvements at every stop comes to $14,013.65. “If you calculate that by the number of cows, that’s actually about $140 per cow gained on that operation,” he says. “As a percent of the total carrying cost, that’s a big deal. A very big deal.” It’s not just an on-paper exercise, Rishel says, noting many top customers who have proven the better-atevery-turn philosophy works. “They just nail this every time out, due to genetics and their good management. They do everything right.” Their reward is obvious. With loads that are more than 60% Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) and Prime, they consistently reap premiums of more than $100 above average. “For those of us in the seedstock industry, it’s a balancing act to put all of these traits together in one package,” he says, but history shows an ability to move the needle in all areas. Some of today’s balanced sires are proof of that, he adds. “We selected those cattle for function and soundness and reproduction, and then when we got in the sire evaluation work, we selected for carcass traits from that population,” Rishel says. Careful selection of available genetics, tools and management by commercial cattlemen could put the 5% factor to work on their bottom lines. Total added value from 5% increases in performance of superior genetics along the production chain 5% Increase in Calf Crop % Plus 5%increase in Weaning Weight $7,585 5% increase in feedlot ADG & F:G

$3,787.65

Increase in carcass merit

$2,641 $14,031.65


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