Begin With the End In Mind - Finding the Right EPD Mix in Your Herd to Improve Quality and ProfitTue, 11 Apr 2017 11:35:48 CDT
The process of selecting the right mix of EPDs in your herd in order to get the most bang for your buck is something of an art. Dr. Ty Lawrence of West Texas A&M told Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays recently that when it comes to making your genetic selections, you should try to strike a good balance of traits that are economically important for your bottom line, like tenderness for instance.
“If you’re really going to improve tenderness per se, there are methods to do that,” Lawrence insisted. “You’re going to have to look at the individual situation and the individual animals and make a decision as to whether that’s good for your herd.”
One management practice to improve the quality of the end product, is as simple as paying attention to the overall health of your animals. Lawrence says for example, a sick cow versus a healthy cow will inevitably have a lighter carcass weight and a tougher eating experience for the consumer.
“Health management is something that all producers can do regardless of the segment to improve the eating satisfaction of our product,” he said. “I think the key is to always begin with the end in mind.”
Listen to Lawrence and Hays discuss easy to manage methods producers can practice that will improve their product quality and their bottom lines, on today’s Beef Buzz.
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