Dan Moser of Angus Genetics, Inc. Asserts the Need for Cattle that Fit the Environment and MarketTue, 11 Sep 2018 10:27:06 CDT
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.”
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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.
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