“Where’s the Seedstock Sector Headed?”

The following article is an opinion piece written by Jacob Mayer on the Cattle Call blog.

A Look into my not so Crystal Ball

By Jacob Mayer

“However, one technology that all too often gets overlooked is beef cattle’s only free lunch – crossbreeding and heterosis. It could be the savior for breed associations as maintaining genetic diversity is critical to the long term success of beef…”

A while back I read a short article by Troy Marshall titled “Where’s the Seedstock Sector Headed?” The piece really got me thinking. Mr. Marshall complimented breed associations for their past successes, looked at the current challenges, and speculated on their role in the future. He also commented that he was opposed to the road the pork industry has taken, which has “rendered [swine breed associations] largely irrelevant.” Long before I had even finished reading, I said to myself, “Isn’t that exactly the direction we are headed?”  Why you ask, well here is why:

Trend #1: Small Number, Large Size: Doing more with less
Trend #2: Eating Inside: Individual animal welfare
Trend #3: Dressed in Black: Too much emphasis on hybrids?

Click here to continue reading the full article and find out more on these three trends. Feel free to comment and leave your opinions for discussion.

Fall 2011 Brangus Sales

Slideshow featuring a few photos from the last few sales including Doguet’s, Salacoa Valley’s, and Magnolia Classic. Feel free to submit your own photos to Brittni Drennan.

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Don’t Miss Out- 2012 BIF Convention

Great opportunity for producers-

The 2012 Beef Improvement Federation Research Symposium and Annual Convention will be held on April 18-21, in Houston, Texas. Mark the dates on your calendar and plan to attend. Watch for more details coming soon to  www.beefimprovement.org under the “convention” tab. The IBBA will also continue to keep you updated on details as we get them.

Get involved in the NCBA Trade Show

Brangus breeders have a huge opportunity to partner with IBBA as well as other Brangus breeders to participate in the upcoming NCBA Annual Convention and Trade Show!

Don’t miss the chance to get in front of Commercial Cow/Calf Producers, Feedlot Operators, and many other segments of the Beef Industry.

View the NCBA Member Participation Flyer to learn more!