Is Artificial Insemination Right for Your Ranch

April 10, 2015

It goes without saying ABS promotes synchronization and AI, and the lifetime value it can add to the cowherd.There has never been a better time for synchronization and AI in the beef industry than today. Bull prices continue to set records and the additional value of AI bred and sired females can’t be denied.

But adoption of this technology use doesn’t come without questions and expectations from users, especially those new to or considering AI for the first time. Drovers CattleNetwork released an article online yesterday from their March issue, Dispelling the myths of artificial insemination, and one we feel is very accurate. Take a glance at it.

“AI isn’t meant to be easy and may not be meant for everyone, but it’s also not that difficult for people to establish in their operation,” Travis McCarty writes. “I believe more operations can incorporate AI into their management practices than what is currently being done in the industry.”

If you still need more information on whether AI is right for you and what other considerations are needed, check out these resources:

  • Video of a large-scale AI project in South Dakota at the Fulton Ranch. With the use of a portable breeding barn and skilled crew, synchronization and AI in the pasture is low-stress and simplified
  • The AI Cowculator is a smartphone app developed by the University of Florida to aid in the decision making process, helping producers incorporate their own costs and determine the value of estrous synchronization and AI compared to natural service.
  • The Iowa State University Estrus Synchronization Planner is a free excel spreadsheet program download that is great for planning and deciding which estrus synchronization protocol is best for you. It also has a cost breakdown analysis to compare different protocol expenses for your operation. (Note, it will ask for your information when downloading – this is only so you can be notified when an update the planner is available for future downloads and the most up-to-date synchronization protocols approved by the Beef Reproduction Task Force)
  • ABS Beef Blog Synchronization Q & A with Dr. Cliff Lamb  (Three-part series). Lamb addresses common questions and scenarios on the farm when things don’t always go as planned.
  • This pdf article from North Dakota State University Extension Service discussing Maximizing Pregnancy Rates When Using Artificial Insemination 

If you’re still skeptical about the value of AI compared to natural service with today’s prices, check out these cost comparison charts, using this spring’s data. These charts do not account for the genetic gain of using proven genetics or additional age and weight of calves born earlier in the calving season.

NaturalServiceCosts

Synch-AI_Costs

If you think synchronization and AI is something you want to incorporate, talk to your local ABS Representative today. Our professional, full-service representatives are here to help you with any questions and concerns you may have.

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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.

 


Data Suggests Disposition Pays

September 10, 2013

A newly released study by Certified Angus Beef, Black Ink Basics, conducted at Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity proves docility makes a difference. The study collected data on 68,000 cattle from Iowa feedlots and used the six-point Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) disposition scoring system. The cattle were scored three to four times during feeding periods and then were grouped into three categories: docile (DC), restless (R) and nervous to very aggressive (NVA).

Highlights from the study

  • When Considering all the costs, docile calves netted more than $57 above their aggressive counterparts
  • Calves that were considered docile graded Premium Choice and Prime at more than double the rate of their nervous to very aggressive contemporaries
  • Aggressive calves also had lower feedlot gain and efficiency, resulting in a $34.74/head feeding loss
  • Favorable disposition equals higher postweaning calf value
  • Docile calves earned $13.11 more in quality grade premiums
  • Docile calves had more than double the Certified Angus Beef Brand acceptance rate over aggressive cattle
  • Aggressive cattle produced less desirable carcasses with 25% more dark cutter

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ABS is committed to providing the highest genetic and service solutions for your operation.  If you want to improve the docility of your herd, look to these top 15 ABS mainline proven and semi-proven sires.

Name DOC    DOC         Acc
POWER TOOL
39    0.66
SAFEGUARD 37    0.49
C C & 7  35    0.91
TEMPLATE 32    0.65
LIBERTY 31    0.70
TRUST 29       0.78
NEW DESIGN 458N 27       0.78
ABSOLUTE 27       0.60
PROGRESSION 25       0.43
2U66 24    0.32
HOOVER DAM 22    0.89
EFFICIENT 22    0.80
FORESIGHT 20    0.90
DESTINATION 928 20    0.82
MOTIVE 20    0.46

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HOOVER DAM Daughters in Production

April 11, 2013

HOOVER DAM is a customer favorite widely used for his combination of Calving Ease, Docility, Carcass Merit and $B index.  These EPDs backed by consistent, attractive, sound offspring with added style and muscle have lead HOOVER DAM to being one of the most popular sires in the breed.

HOOVER DAM’s ability to consistently sire high quality cattle is transmitting to his daughters.  With his first females in production, you can add nice, attractive, well balanced udders to his list of customer favorite qualities.

Landi McFarland, Hoover Angus, offers these comments on the daughters’ milking ability, “Personally I think they are average to slightly better on milk.  I think HOOVER DAM could be a +30 Milk bull after he adds more daughters in production to his data, but not upper 30’s.”

ABS Beef Product Manager, Doug Frank, adds this commentary, “In general, HOOVER DAM has been an extremely consistent sire, delivering outstanding calving ease and muscle in an attractive, complete phenotype.  His daughters are extremely docile and slick haired.”

Queen of Ellston K11

Queen of Ellston K11

Queen of Ellston K11, pictured this week at Hoover Angus, is a full sister to the $11,000  Lot 210 HOOVER DAM open heifer sold at Hoover Angus’ 2013 sale.

Don’t miss out on using HOOVER DAM this spring!  Through April 29, 2013 or until supplies run out, HOOVER DAM is available on the April Savings Special for $26/22/20 – price breaks are for retail, 50 unit and 100 unit orders.

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ABS’ Rock Solid Proven Sires Can Boost the Bottom Line

February 22, 2013

Do you follow Certified Angus Beef’s Black Inc. Blog?  This week the blog featured a post regarding the current market trends toward selling more cattle on a grid system – which often reward better genetics.

“This is a clear signal the industry is moving away from pricing on averages, and instead pricing cattle on their individual merits.” – Mark McCully

Read full post here.

If the idea of better profits and a better calf crop have you intrigued,  ABS can help identify Rock Solid Proven Sires to help achieve grid premiums.  

In addition to our Rock Solid Sires, ABS’ exclusive Angus Sire Alliance data can help identify superior genetics, proven to excel in commercial settings.   Since 1996 ABS Global and Circle A Ranch have produced the most thorough progeny test program in the industry.  The progeny of selected ABS Angus Sires are measured from birth to harvest in real world commercial conditions for economically driven selection indexes.

Each year ABS releases Sire Alliance Graduates for Total Profit Index, Proven Tender Genetics, Feed Efficiency Leaders, and new this year, Maternal Profit Index. (Found on pages 28-29 in the Spring 2013 Sire Directory).  Several of these sires’ progeny see high demand for both commercial and purebred cattlemen.  Take some of the risk out of your mating decisions by utilizing proven sires and make the most of the genetic gain.

Fall 2012 Angus Sire Alliance Feed Efficiency Sires

Fall 2012 Angus Sire Alliance Feed Efficiency Sires

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29AN1845 NEW ERA Now Available

September 7, 2012

Improving feed efficiency and feedlot performance has never been more relevant or talked about in the beef industry.

ABS is excited to release Ironwood NEW ERA 1560  

29AN1845 NEW ERA

Potential Game Changer for Efficiency

Unique bull combining nearly 30 years of documented and focused selection for feed efficiency with truly remarkable individual intake and gain data

Dominated on test gaining 50% more than his contemporaries with 13% less intake (5.56 ADG and -5.60 RFI)

Posted an incredible adjusted Feed:Grain ratio of 2.229:1

Strong overall performance with 119 WW ratio, 120 YW, 109 IMF, 104 REA and 74 Rib Fat ratio

Dam has been rock solid with 4 BR 101, 3 YR 109, 3 IMF at 120 and calving interval of 4 @ 351 days

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ABS Sires Have Strong Influence in the KAA Carcass Data Project

September 6, 2012

The Kansas Angus Association recently announced the winners to their annual Carcass Data Project (CDP).  Kansas Angus is the only state Angus association to hold a CDP, and partnering with Certified Angus Beef® (CAB), the contest has grown over the years.  

79 registered Angus sired steers entered the CDP in late December 2011 at McPherson County Feeders in Marquette.  About half the group was sired by an ABS bull or ABS bred son.  The group posted 93% Choice and 47% CAB® acceptance.

Final standings were based on the top 3 calves by one owner; factoring gain, marbling and CAB® acceptance to determine winners.

1st Place – Thomas Klausmeyer, Klausmeyer K3 Angus, Conway Springs.  5/8 Klausmeyer calves were ABS bred, including sires EXTRA K205, IN FOCUS, DR J ANALYST, and an OBJECTIVE son.  

2nd Place – Terry Hobbs, Hobbs Ranch, Penokee.  All 10 entries of Hobbs Ranch were sired by NEW LEVEL.

3rd Place (tie) – Jeff Klausmeyer, Klausmeyer K3 Angus, Clearwater.  Klausmeyer entered 2 steers sired by an OBJECTIVE son.

3rd Place (tie) – Dean Larson, Tescott.  All 5 entries sired by a WAVE son.

Topping the ADG of all sire groups was Nemaha Valley Angus, Bern with 4.26 ADG on 14 head.  11 of the steers were ABS sired including CONNECTION, LEAD ON and OBJECTIVE.

ABS congratulates these winners on their accomplishments and is proud to provide our customers with genetics that deliver from Pasture to Plate.

Special thanks to Anne Lampe, Kansas Angus Association, for providing the information. If you’re a member if KAA and want to learn more or enter, please contact http://www.kansasangus.org/

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