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Breeding Matters Part IV: Culling for Fertility

By   /  November 3, 2014  /  Beef Cattle, Bison, Dairy Cattle, Goats, Horses, Livestock, Pigs, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep  /  4 Comments

You can breed however you’d like. To be truly successful, breed for fertility, and breed for your farm. Morgan delves deeper into how.

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Breeding Matters III – Inbreeding vs. Line Breeding

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  Livestock  /  4 Comments

Confused about the difference? Here’s what separates the two “relatives.”

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Line Breeding is Good For Profit

By   /  October 13, 2014  /  Beef Cattle, Bison, Dairy Cattle, Goats, Horses, Livestock, Pigs, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep  /  2 Comments

A couple months ago I wrote an article for On Pasture called Breeding Matters. I briefly alluded to Line Breeding as a method of getting greater consistency and uniformity of type in one’s herd or flock. Many graziers I talk to essentially say, “So why should I care how my cattle are bred, or my […]

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All Forage Bull Test Gearing Up For Year 3

By   /  September 1, 2014  /  The Scoop  /  3 Comments

I’m sending out this forward to let you all know in black and white about the Cornell All Forage Bull Test. This year there was a lot of producer input in the design of the test and a lot of feedback from previous consignors as to what data is economically important. Of course, many of […]

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Breeding Matters

By   /  July 7, 2014  /  Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Goats, Horses, Livestock, Pigs, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep  /  Comments Off on Breeding Matters

Like many of us in the business of grass-farming for livestock production, I have been preoccupied by a persistent question; Nature vs. Nurture, Breeding vs. Management, Genetics vs. Environment, all takes on the same dichotomy. Of course the answer is unequivocally, “YES.” The functionality of an animal for our particular purposes is absolutely the sum […]

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