Oklahoma Farm Report masthead graphic with wheat on the left and cattle on the right.
Howdy Neighbors!
Ron Hays, Director of Farm Programming Radio Oklahoma Network  |  7401 N. Kelley Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73111  |  (405) 841-3675  |  Fax: (405) 841-3674


Agricultural News

Genetic Defects Will Be Examined in Two February Webinars

Tue, 02 Feb 2010 7:38:35 CST

The following article comes from OSU Beef Cattle Specialist Dr. Glenn Selk.

Those of us that grew up in the ‘50’s and 60’s remember “snorter dwarfism”. Dwarfism was a recessive genetic defect that struck fear in commercial and purebred breeders alike. The only way a bull was tested for dwarfism was to mate him to about 20 of his own daughters. In other words bulls were several years old, before they could be absolutely be determined to be free of the genetic disorder. Over the last decade, numerous genetic defects have been documented in several cattle breeds. Today, there are testing tools available that make managing around these genetic defects quite possible. Learning about these genetic defects and testing tools should reduce the concern of producers. There are opportunities to bring yourself up-to-date on these issues coming very soon to your computer. I urge producers to take advantage of these “webinars”.

The eXtension Beef Cattle Clearinghouse Community of Practice will conduct 2 webinars in February 2010. The dates for the webinars are February 11 and Feb 25; starting at noon Central time for 1 hour each. Speakers will be Dr. Bob Weaber, University of Missouri and Dr. Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska.

Dates and associated titles:

February 11, 2010: Managing genetic defects in beef cattle: practical advice for protecting your herd and investment.
Topics covered will include a review of the mode of inheritance common to many genetic defects, understanding inbreeding, the importance of pedigree analysis, common genetic defects, practical advice for selection and culling to avoid or eliminate genetic defects in your herd.

February 25, 2010: Mating systems to solve problems and add value to beef production systems: crossbreeding and the power of heterosis.
Topics covered will include a review of the fundamentals of heterosis (hybrid vigor), the power of crossbreeding to improve production efficiency, breed complementarity, simple and effective crossbreeding systems for large and small herds and why there’s been a surge in popularity of hybrid genetics.

Webinar Connection Instructions:
At the meeting time, simply click on this link to go to the webinar location in cyberspace. Follow the instructions and you will soon be online for the seminar.



WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady®NSI


Top Agricultural News

  • Soy Assoc Warn Retaliatory Action by China in Response to Tariffs may Cost Farmers their Livelihood  Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:39:08 CDT
  • Free Trade Group Says Tariffs Stemming from China Investigation puts Target on US Farmers' Back  Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:27:45 CDT
  • Secretary Sonny Perdue Calls on Congress to Pass Omnibus Bill Containing Mutliple USDA Priorities  Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:19:08 CDT
  • NGFA Commends Congressional Leadership for Including Section 199A Fix in Omnibus Spending Bill  Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:13:27 CDT
  • CAST Releases Paper on Regulatory Barriers Blocking the Development of Agricultural Innovation  Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:03:46 CDT
  • More Weekend Rain Forecasted But Not Likely to Impact Driest Corner of the State Near Panhandle  Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:48:33 CDT
  • LMIC's Jim Robb Says USDA's Next Cattle on Feed Report Has Potential to Surprise the Marketplace  Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:07:09 CDT
  • Thursday Preopening Market Update with Dave Lanning  Thu, 22 Mar 2018 07:10:04 CDT

  • More Headlines...


    Ron salutes our daily email sponsors!

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

    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.