Oklahoma Farm Report masthead graphic with wheat on the left and cattle on the right.
Howdy Neighbors!
Ron Hays, Director of Farm and Ranch Programming, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network  |  2401 Exchange Ave, Suite F, Oklahoma City, Ok 73108  |  (405) 601-9211


Agricultural News

Dan Moser of Angus Genetics, Inc. Asserts the Need for Cattle that Fit the Environment and Market

Tue, 11 Sep 2018 10:27:06 CDT

Dan Moser of Angus Genetics, Inc. Asserts the Need for Cattle that Fit the Environment and Market Beef-market demands and cow herd environmental demands-are they at odds with each other?

The president of Angus Genetics Incorporated, Dan Moser, says “No.”

“I think one of the things that we need to emphasize is that it is not an either/or thing, there are Angus cattle that will certainly do well for the combination of trades that are favorable for marbling, other measures of carcass merit, carcass weight, growth performance in the feed lot, yet they are still efficient in the cow herd, they are fertile, they have longevity,” Moser said. “But it’s a matter of collecting that data and as producers are buying bulls, or making genetic selection decisions, they are taking all of that information into account, so they are truly finding the animals with favorable combinations.”

Watch a short video clip of Dan Moser, president of Angus Genetics Inc., talking about the need and ability to create cattle that “do it all,” by clicking or tapping the PLAYBOX in the window below.

The ideal cow has changed over time because the markets have changed over time.

“There was a time where all calves that were the same color and the same weight brought the same amount. Now we are seeing more emphasis on sort of specification feeder cattle and documenting those differences,” he said. “Producers are reaping reward for having cattle that have more gain potential, more marbling potential, but sometimes that has an impact on the cow herd that produces those.”

There are ways to keep cow size down without sacrificing carcass weight. Marbling doesn’t have to improve AT THE EXPENSE of other traits, he says.

“The idea of finding that balance doesn’t mean we don’t improve them both simultaneously, and there are great examples of how we have addressed some of those challenges, birth weight vs. yearling weight,” he explained. “There was a time when it was thought that we couldn’t simultaneously improve both of those, but we have done that, but there is no question today, but it was a matter of having the data points, having the data base the birth weights, yearling weights and finding the bulls that were outliers and propagating those.”

The American Angus Association plans to release more selection tools in the future, leaning on programs like Maternal Plus and technology like D-N-A to get more information into the database.

Source - Certified Angus Beef



WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI


Top Agricultural News

  • Veterinarian Sam Barringer Explains Why Health and Vaccinations in Cattle Herds Aren't Synonymous  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 11:48:58 CST
  • Latest US Tractor and Combine Sales Report Shows Overall Sales Remained Positive Year-to-Date  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 11:38:26 CST
  • Ethanol Industry Pumped Up After Trump Doubles Down on Promise to Back Year-Round E15 Sales  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 11:30:17 CST
  • Promising Pasture Conditions Spark Green Fever in Cattle Country as Producers Buy Up Stockers  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 10:52:46 CST
  • National Pork Board, USDA, U.S. Meat Export Federation to Partner on Pork 2040 Marketing Study  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 09:37:33 CST
  • National Cotton Council Supports US Efforts to Enhance Transparency at World Trade Organization  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 09:27:30 CST
  • How Much Hay is Enough Hay? OSU's Glenn Selk Offers These Tips for Your Winter Feed Planning  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 09:16:45 CST
  • Oklahoma National Stockyards - Oklahoma City - Close  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 05:52:51 CST

  • More Headlines...


    Ron salutes our daily email sponsors!

    Livestock Exchange Oklahoma Ag Credit Oklahoma Farm Bureau National Livestock Credit P&K Equipment Tulsa Farm Show Stillwater Milling KIS FUTURES, INC. Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association

    Search OklahomaFarmReport.com

    Find more about Weather in Oklahoma City, OK

    © 2008-2018 Oklahoma Farm Report
    Email Ron   |   Newsletter Signup   |    Current Spots   |    Program Links

    WebReady powered by WireReady® Inc.