by Matt Barten, Embruon   A BRIEF REVIEW OF BOVINE EMBRYO BIOPSY Bovine embryo transfer is a broad term used to define the production and transfer or freezing of bovine embryos. This process gained traction in the late 1970s to early 1980s as a commercially viable option for beef and dairy producers to take advantage…

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by University of Missouri Extension State Beef Genetics Specialist Jared E. Decker, PhD. Have you ever evaluated a bull, either on paper or visually, and wished you could change one thing about that bull? With new technology, in the coming decades you may have this ability. For simple traits, we have that opportunity now. With…

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by IBBA Executive Vice President Tommy Perkins, PhD., PAS Parts of the country continue to receive beneficial and much needed rainfall. It is nice to see baby calves being born and to appreciate the genetic improvement our breed continues to make every day. Remember, early nutrition is important in the life of the newborns as…

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by IBBA Executive Vice President Tommy Perkins, PhD., PAS The cattle market continues to underwhelm most of us in the industry. It’s hard to say where we will end up in 2017, but it sure seems like we have at least hit the bottom of the price scale. All indications lead to an improved market…

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by John Genho, Livestock Genetic Services Over the past several years, genomic tests have become more available to breeders for genetic improvement. These have come in several different forms and have been used in different ways. The following is a review of these forms and methods. Initially, our collective thought was that we could find…

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by IBBA Executive Vice President Tommy Perkins, PhD., PAS The holiday season is in full swing, and I’m guessing you are spending a lot of time with family while eating and traveling more than most desire. It is a great time of year for both young and old alike as we celebrate the birth of…

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by IBBA Executive Vice President Tommy Perkins, PhD., PAS The fall sale season is in full swing; therefore, implementation and utilization of all available marketing tools may add value to your Brangus genetics. These tools include development of a strong business plan and an organized marketing plan to help your program stand out from others. The…

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IBBA Releases Fall 2016 Genetic Evaluation: The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) has announced the release of Fall 2016 Genomic-Enhanced Expected Progeny Differences (GE-EPDs) with its newest national cattle genetic evaluation. Member breeders send DNA samples to GeneSeek or Zoetis, where the DNA testing is performed. The single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) results are used by Livestock…

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