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Today's Herd Bull Vastly Different Than 25 Years Ago, Says Jarold Callahan, Express Ranches
Mon, 01 Mar 2021 08:42:56 CST
Todayís modern breeding herd bull is not your fatherís bull as the genetics have vastly improved the past 25 years said Jarold Callahan, president of Express Ranches, Yukon, Okla.
Ron Hays Beef Buzzes With Jarold Callahan
Callahan is preparing for the ranchesí 27th annual spring bull this Friday, March 5.
He recently visited with Ron Hays, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director, about how the beef industry has adopted new technology and dramatically improved genetics.
The bull of today versus 25 years ago is we have so much more information, there are so many more genetic tools available, Callahan said.
Our bulls and most of the people who are bull providers are offering everything from actual birthweight to adjusted weaning, Callahan said.
All our bulls are genomic tested and so it is like that bull having sired between 8 and 25 progenies, he said.
Callahan said 25 years ago we were just starting with this information.
Today we can identify those animals that are going to pass on superior marbling so you can have more prime and CAB carcasses, he said.
The thing thatís different versus 25 years ago is the information that is provided is much more accurate, Callahan said.
What you really have with a genomically enhanced bull is that it should give you greater confidence the bull is going to produce more accurately regarding his EPDís, Callahan said.
The bull buyer should have a lot more confidence that the bulls he is selecting will do the job, he said.
You can really target where you want to improve, Callahan said.
Weíre still about selling pounds and one of the big things that has changed is we really have been able to bend that curve, created cattle that are born light and grow super-fast, he said.
Callahan said they have also worked on the maternal or fertility traits.
The Express Ranches president noted that those traits include the dollar value ($Values) or bioeconomic indexes.
The two big ones are dollar M (maternal) and dollar B (beef), Callahan said.
The dollar B and dollar M combined give youíre the dollar C that a lot of people are using today with a lot of success.
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