August 7, 2018 • 0 comment(s)
By Allen R. Williams, Ph.D. Since the 1970’s there has been a trend in the beef cattle industry to select for larger cattle. This has been the result of a dogged pursuit for heavier weaning weights, higher yearling weights, desiring to be in the top 10% of breed EPDs in growth traits, and “producing what the packer wants”. The problem is none of the above makes you any money in terms of pure net profit. Rather, the pursuit of larger, bigger, heavier often comes with a high price tag that wipes out net margins. You may have breakfastdiner bragging rights but that won’t pay for your breakfast.
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August 7, 2018 • 0 comment(s)
By Allen R Williams, Ph.D. Epigenetics is the study of changes in organisms caused by modification of gene expression rather than alteration of the genetic code itself. Genes occur in pairs and code for specific traits or combinations of traits in the body. Most genes can have significant variation in the degree to which they express themselves. This is very important to remember as we discuss the impact of epigenetics on animal performance. What factors can alter degree of gene expression? Primarily environmental factors such as diet or nutrition, climate, disease, toxins, deficiencies, and other environmental influences.
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August 7, 2018 • 0 comment(s)
By Allen R. Williams and Russ Conser Lion King, as with all Disney movies, has a great plot and some catchy tunes, but also a deeper moral to the story. In this case – it is about the “circle of life.” Circles have no beginning or end. If we start anywhere on a circle, and follow it around, we end up in loop coming back to where we started. The Lion King circle was about the big loop of life and death, and so it is with the circle of life in your pastures.
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July 26, 2018 • 0 comment(s)
Last month we talked about your role in managing grazing to keep the carbon-centric circle of life cycling. This month, we’ll dig deeper into how the cycling of carbon in this circle leads the cycling of water. The fact that water is really important for growing plants is not news, but let’s unpack this a bit to provide a deeper understanding of this virtuous cycling in action. Stated simply, where carbon goes, water follows.
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