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The importance of cross bred beef cows


By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties

The production of crossbred calves yields advantages in both heterosis and the blending of desirable traits from two or more breeds. However, the largest economic benefit of crossbreeding to commercial producers comes from having crossbred cows for multiple reasons.

•Maternal heterosis improves calf survivability to weaning and increases calf weaning weight.

•Crossbred cows exhibit improvements in calving rate of nearly four percent and an increase in longevity of more than one year due to heterosis.

•Heterosis results in increases in lifetime productivity of approximately one calf and 600 pounds of calf weaning weight over the lifetime of the cow.

•Crossbreeding can have positive effects on a ranch’s bottom line by not only increasing the quality and gross pay weight of calves produced but also by increasing the durability and productivity of the cow factory.

Traits of most economic value to commercial, self-replacing herds are reproductive traits including age at first calving, reproductive success and replacement rate. These maternal traits are sex-limited, lowly heritable and some are expressed quite late in life. This has precluded replacement heifer selection on these traits, and frustrated genetic progress. In fact, the antagonism between terminal and some maternal and calving traits may have led to negative progress, as positive selection on the terminal traits can result in negative selection on the maternal traits. It has been suggested that U.S. cow-calf producers should have a relative economic emphasis of 47 percent on reproduction, 24 percent on growth, and 30 percent on carcass traits.

So with all these advantages, why doesn’t every cattleman practice crossbreeding to capture the added value of heterosis?

Dr. Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Brian McCullough, Woodhill Angus in Wisconsin; and Dale Green, Castalia, Iowa seedstock producer, will have a panel discussion on this topic at the upcoming Driftless Region Beef conference Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2013, in Dubuque, Iowa.

The conference will begin at 1 p.m. on Jan. 31 and run until 11:45 a.m. on Feb. 1. Thursday’s afternoon program will focus on feed efficiency at all stages of production, with an evening discussion focused on straight versus crossbreeding. Friday morning’ .....
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Land Rent workshops

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties Three Land Rent Workshops have been scheduled for Houston, Fillmore, and Winona Counties. The first will be on Wednesday afternoon, November 14, at the Houston County Justice Center, ..... 
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Manure management and air quality education

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties A new Manure Management and Air Quality Education website has been launched. The new website provides educational materials, and current research from the University of Minnesota, in ..... 
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Local conservationists to be honored as area finalists at State Soil and Water Conservation District convention

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Agriculture

The Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD) has named Duschee Hills Dairy LLC of Lanesboro as one of eight Area Finalists in the 2012 Outstanding Conservationist Award Program. Pat and Chris Troendle and Ben and Darla ..... 
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Public hearings set for mining ordinances

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

By Karen Reisner The Planning Commission at their October 18 meeting discussed the revisions to Fillmore County Zoning Ordinance 721 and the draft of the new Ordinance 736 that will deal specifically with industrial mining. After some discussion ..... 
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Pork producers resilient

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

By Kirsten Zoellner It’s no secret that this summer and fall have been rough ones for our local farmers. The effects of this summer’s drought has led to high feed prices which in turn has led to some livestock producers having to sell and slau ..... 
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Minnesota Legislative Candidate Ag Forum

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

By Karen Reisner Local candidates answered questions from Dave Mensink, Fillmore County Pork Producers, and Jeff Eickhoff, Fillmore County Farm Bureau, at a forum hosted by the Southeast Minnesota Ag Alliance. The candidate ideas were broadcast li ..... 
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Fall pasture management more important this year

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Source: John Zinn, NRCS Grazing Specialist Pastures and Producers experienced stress this year. Get your pastures ready for winter and prepared for next year’s growing season by taking action this fall. Soil Test …Don’t Guess! If you have ..... 
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Preconditioning?

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties Source: Timothy J. Goldsmith DVM, MPH, DACVPM, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine It is the time of the year to start considering the marketing of your calves. I ..... 
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