Early discussions of animal breeding and selection always grouped producers into three types: breeder, multiplier and commercial producer.
Generally portrayed as a pyramid, the base represented the large group of commercial producers who are in the business of producing products for the consumer. These producers would obtain breeding stock from the second level within the pyramid.
Each year, the North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association summarizes the average performance of beef cattle herds that are utilizing the CHAPS programs. The NDBCIA has been keeping records since 1963 and presents these annual evaluations as five-year rolling benchmark values for average herd performance for several traits.
After months spent developing the right grazing system, building good fences, buying the right bulls, selecting the best cows and matching one’s resources to the best calving season, all the learning and preparation is ready to be executed.
FARGO - Managerial changes require a review of both the positive and negative. Previous discussion on changing the calving date has resulted in two major points: reducing the cows’ winter feeding costs and lower the death loss among newborn calves.
FARGO - North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association members have recorded an average daily gain of 2.52 pounds for calves on summer pasture. This means the 70,000 calves measured through the NDBCIA’s CHAPS program cumulatively gain on a daily basis 176,400 pounds, 1,764 hundredweight or roughly 88 tons.
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