Fall Breeding Season Is Here

November 13, 2013

It’s that time of year again, fall breeding season! If you’re a fall calver and missed our spring blog series, synchronization Q&A with Dr. Cliff Lamb, here is your chance!

You can get a refresher on the previous series by clicking here. We received such good feed back, we’re opening it up again, and Dr. Lamb has graciously agreed to answer any further questions you have. If you have a synchronization question, here is your chance to get a response from a leading expert on beef cattle reproductive technologies.

Please post any questions in the comment section below by Wednesday, November 20, 2013 and we’ll have Dr. Lamb answer them.

Cliff Lamb, Ph. D , is currently the Assistant Director and Professor at the University of Florida North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianna, Florida.  He graduated with a B.S. in Animal Science at Middle Tennessee State University. He received his M.S in 1996 and Ph. D. in 1998 at Kansas State University.  As Assistant Director of the North Florida Research and Education Center he oversees one of the largest beef cattle feed efficiency facilities in the world.  Dr. Lamb oversees a research program that focuses on applied reproductive physiology in beef cattle emphasizing efficient management systems for replacement heifers and postpartum cows. A primary research focus has been on the development of practical and economical estrous synchronization protocols for beef cows and heifers. He has also published numerous research articles on the use of ultrasound technology for reproductive management of beef cattle, and has a strong research background in embryo transfer technologies.  He is author of more than 60 refereed journal articles, 3 chapters in texts, and more than 200 presentations and articles in other scientific and popular press.
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ABS Hosts South American Beef Tour

October 30, 2013

ABS recently hosted a group of South Americans who toured parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri. Participants visited influential seedstock and commercial ranches, Kansas State University Meat Lab, and American Angus Association’s headquarters in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Tour Group at Buford Angus Ranch

Tour Group at Buford Angus Ranch

Participants engage in discussions with ABS District Business Manager, Sandra Levering, at Giles Ranch

Participants engage in discussions with ABS District Business Manager, Sandra Levering, at Giles Ranch

Posing for a photo at Kniebel Cattle Company

Posing for a photo at Kniebel Cattle Company

The tour group enjoyed discussions and seminars with a diverse group of industry leaders representing the U.S. beef industry. The tour began at Express Angus Ranch in Oklahoma, making their way to Gardiner Angus Ranch, Sandhill Hereford Farms, Kniebel Red Angus, Houck Rock Simmentals, and Kansas State University. From the Kansas State University Meat Lab, the tour continued through north east Kansas to the American Angus Association headquarters and Circle A Angus Ranch where they learned more about the ABS Global Circle A Sire Alliance program. As the tour concluded through Missouri, they stopped at Joplin Regional Stockyards headed back to Oklahoma with stops at Ratcliff and Buford Ranches.

Stop at Gardiner Angus Ranch

Stop at Gardiner Angus Ranch

Going through ET calves at Fink Beef Genetics

Going through ET calves at Fink Beef Genetics

The tour made a stop at the American Angus office in St. Joesph

The tour made a stop at the American Angus office in St. Joesph, Missouri

ABS is thankful to both tour participants and tour stop hosts for helping make the 2013 South American Beef Tour a success. ABS believes interaction and exchange of cattle production methods across cultures is important for continued growth of the global beef industry. Sharing genetics and management practices can help achieve higher success for international beef demand.

Touring the Kansas State University Meat Lab

Touring the Kansas State University Meat Lab

Going through the Angus Sire Alliance progeny test feedlot at Circle A Ranch

Going through the Angus Sire Alliance progeny test feedlot at Circle A Ranch

In front of Joplin Regional Stockyards

In front of Joplin Regional Stockyards

Touring the working pens and AI facility at Ratcliff Ranches

Touring the working pens and AI facility at Ratcliff Ranches

If you are interested in participating in future ABS Global beef tours, please contact Vasco Beheregaray, Global Beef Brand Manager, at vasco.neto@genusplc.com.

 


Highlights from Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle Symposium 2013

October 22, 2013

Each year the Beef Reproduction Task Force and Beef Reproduction Leadership Team hold conference proceedings to present the latest research and value of synchronization in beef cattle.  Complete list of topics, speakers and summaries can be found here on the ARSBC News Room website (2013).

ABS Global strongly believes in the value of synchronization for beef cattle production and profitability.  A summary of key topics and take home messages follow.

Provided by Matthew Drebing, ABS Representative

  • Fixed-time AI protocols are more reliable than ever, and there really isn’t a good excuse anymore to not utilize AI; time, labor, expense, and lack of facilities can all be overcome
  • Producers have to be 90% accurate in their heat detection to achieve same accuracy of a fixed-time AI protocol
  • A producer can front-load the calving season with fixed-time AI, accounting for up to 38 lbs. difference in weaning weight
  • Errors in frozen semen handling can be more common and costly than handlers consider. Brad Stroud, DVM, Stroud Veterinary Embryo Services, Inc , emphasized the importance of keeping the temperature of straws below -130°C at all times. Each time cells are exposed or re-exposed temperatures higher than -130°C, ice crystals in the cells rearrange, leading to damaged membranes, which increases fertilization failure. Stroud also emphasized exchanging semen and going up and down within the neck of tank increases loss of semen quality. “It can only take 10 seconds in the neck of a half-filled Dewar for the internal temperature of a frozen semen straw to reach -100°C.” Stroud also emphasized the importance of quality semen from reputable large scale bull studs to ensure quality of handling and product.
  • Larry Corah, Vice President of supply development for Certified Angus Beef LLC., highlighted the demand for premium-Choice and Prime is high and changing the market place. Corah also emphasized use of AI with proven genetics can help producers obtain higher quality levels that are capturing premiums
  • Steve Hopkins, Virginia Cooperative Extension, in his talk about “How do I profit from improved reproduction” listed the ability to utilize AI to create uniformity as a way to create value in heifers, cows, and calves
  • Randall Hinshaw, DVM.,  Ashby Embryo, provided additional reasons and support for rectal ultrasound; listing “Why Ultrasound:  more accurate, less invasive, confirm fetal viability, diagnose pregnancy earlier (25 days), diagnose fetal anomalies, understanding follicular dynamics, assess ovarian status before breeding AI

ABS offers expert knowledge to match synchronization systems to best fit your specific needs. You can confidently look to ABS Professionals to assist and help meet your operations’ needs at any herd size.  Contact ABS today to discuss options for your herd.

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ABS Progeny Lead Fall Angus Sales

October 18, 2013

The fall sale season is underway and the Angus breed has had several outstanding sales represented so far.  ABS sired progeny have been sale standouts and impressive in the robust sale season.

Texas Angus Breeders’ Select Sale, Glen Rose, TX –

  • Top Selling Bull, CoX Complement Z17T, sired by COMPLEMENT

Express Ranches Bull Sale, Yukon, OK –

  • High Selling Bull, for 1/2 interest, EXAR It All Counts 2219, sired by IMPRESSION
  • 2nd High Selling Bull, EXAR SEMA 2131B, sired by UPSHOT
  • ABS sired progeny earned 5 of the top 8 selling bull honors, selling for an average of $17,740

Werhmann Angus Female Sale, New Market, VA – 

  • Top Selling Open Heifer and overall, Rita 2H12 of 158 Rito 9Q1, sired by 9Q13
  • Top Selling Bred Heifer, Rita 12E9 of 5F56 Rito 5M2, Sired by RITO REVENUE
  • 2nd & 3rd High Selling Bred Heifers sired by COMPLETE
  • 2nd High Selling Open Cow, Rita 0243 of Rita 7O68 5M2, sired by RITO REVENUE

Buford Ranches Bull Sale, Welch, OK – 

  • 2 of the top 7 selling lots sired by BLUESTEM

Vintage Angus Ranch Female Sale, Modesto, CA – (record setting sale)

  • 3rd High Selling Female, V A R Blackcap 3185, sired by UPSHOT has the #1 $B Index among non-parent daughters, brought $100,000
  • UPSHOT daughters were 3 of the top 10 selling Open Heifers, with 17 total daughters in the sale averaging $20,850
  • 2nd High Selling Bred Heifer, V A R Blackcap 2066, sired by UPSHOT
  • Top 3 Open Cows all sired by ABS sires: ALL AROUND, COMPLETE & IMPRESSION
  • Top Bred Cow, Exar Blackcap 5899, sired by COMPLETE

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ABS Fall Special

September 19, 2013

Fall is here and cooler weather is moving in. That means, the ABS Fall Beef Special is underway.

  • The largest Selection of the Industry’s Top Genetics
  • The Best Prices of the Season
  • The Best Availability on High Demand Sires
  • ABS Exclusive Beef Deferred Program

2013_ABS_FALL_SPECIAL

Download a copy here.

Place orders early to ensure availability on high-demand sires.

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Fall 2013 Focal Point Online

September 16, 2013

The Fall Focal Point is currently printing and should arrive in your mailbox soon! In the meantime you can view the online version here

In this issue:

  • Fall Beef Special
  • Leading Influential Sires
  • NEW Sire Alliance Graduates and Fall 2013 Angus Sire Alliance Data
  • ABS Customer Spotlight focusing on building a future and adding value with proven, foundation genetics

2013FALLFP_COVER (LR)

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Developmental Duplication Genetic Condition Test Available

September 4, 2013

Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) and Zoetis Genetics have announced they are accepting orders and samples for Developmental Duplication (DD) genetic condition testing.  Similar to other genetic tests, orders should be submitted through the AGI ordering process available on the American Angus Association login page www.angusonline.org.

View full release from American Angus Association

ABS DD Results August 30 2013

Previous ABS Beef Blogs on Developmental Duplication

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