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Livestock Shows Offer "Eveball" Evaluation to Compliment Genetic Evaluation

Thu, 07 Jan 2021 08:42:36 CST

Livestock Shows Offer Cattle shows are a long-held tradition for cattle producers and their families and one of the reasons is because they provide that all important visual inspection of the animals, which may be lacking in today’s world of enhanced genomics.

On today’s Beef Buzz, we talk with a couple of the folks involved with this week’s inaugural Cattlemen’s Congress where more than 11,000 head of animals are on display through Jan. 17 at the state fairgrounds in Oklahoma City.

Jarold Callahan, president of Express Ranches and a member of the Cattlemen’s Congress board of directors, said this show offers eyeball evaluation while celebrating the genetics of today’s cattle.

A high percentage of cattle are still bought and sold on visual appraisal, Callahan said.

The phenotype is just as important as the genomics, he said.

How cattle look, their conformation and their disposition are all important, he added.

Mark Anderson, executive director of the North American Limousin Foundation, agrees.

You still have to take visual into consideration, Anderson said.

The EPD’s are better now for accuracy, he said.

The genomics are important giving fresh information, he said. It’s like having babies (calves) already on the ground, he said.

It (genomics) allows our people to make decisions quicker on the right cattle, Anderson said.

Click on the LISTEN BAR below to hear more about “eyeball” versus genomic evaluation of cattle.

The Beef buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network and is a regular audio feature found on this website as well. Click on the LISTEN BAR below for today’s show and check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today.


   
   

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