AgGenetics Launches Financing Campaign

Lizzy Schultz

AgGenetics, an animal health and biotechnology company, recently launched a $5 million equity financing campaign on AgFunder, the leading agriculture-focused online investment platform. The action comes in response to the ever-increasing demand for animal protein, which is projected to grow by nearly 40% in the next 20 years. No effective or economically viable models for addressing this demand currently exist. …

Ag Group, Angus, Animal Health, Beef, Breeding, Breeds, Genetics, Production, Research

Gelbvieh Association Elects 2015 Board of Directors

Jamie Johansen

Members of the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) elected five candidates to serve three-year terms on the AGA Board of Directors. The election was held during the annual membership meeting at the AGA Annual Convention Impacting the Beef Business™ with Maternal Influence, Saturday, January 10, 2015. Newly elected board members are Dustin Rippe, Hubbell, Nebraska and Lowell Rogers, Seminary, Mississippi. Re-elected …

Ag Group, Beef, Breeds, Gelbvieh

CHB Volume Surpasses 50 million lb. Sold

Jamie Johansen

Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC experienced a record year of growth during fiscal year 2014 with 50.2 million lb. of product sold— a 2% increase compared to the previous year’s total. Since 2008, CHB LLC has increased beef sales by 43%. “Once thought of as a start-up branded beef program, the 19-year-old CHB® brand has weathered many storms including the …

Agribusiness, Beef, Breeds, Food, Hereford, Meat

Growing Hereford Demand Leads to Many Increases

Jamie Johansen

Fiscal year 2014 was a year of expansion and growth for the Hereford breed as commercial producers continue to find value and predictability in utilizing Hereford genetics. “Record sale prices for bulls and females and increases in registrations, transfers and cows on inventory indicate the market is vibrant for Hereford genetics,” says Craig Huffhines, AHA executive vice president. “We’re excited …

Agribusiness, Beef, Breeds, Cattle, Hereford

The Responsibility of Seedstock Producers

Jamie Johansen

The room was packed with seedstock producers during the Hereford Genetic Summit, but the American Hereford Association thought it would be a good idea to bring in a few producers from outside the breed to share about their operations and what they feel is the responsibility of seedstock producers industry wide. Galen Fink operates Fink Beef Genetics in Randolph, Kansas …

Ag Group, Audio, Beef, Breeds, Cattle, Genetics, Hereford

ASA Introduces New Multi-Breed Genetic Evaluation

Jamie Johansen

Shorthorn breeders are now able to enjoy the benefits of the newly implemented Multi-Breed Genetic Evaluation. Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) are calculated by the American Simmental Association Association’s Multi-Breed Genetic Evaluation, which also calculates EPDs for the Gelbvieh, Red Angus, and Simmental breeds, among others. The “new” North American Shorthorn Genetic Evaluation is complete, representing over a year of diligence …

Ag Group, Beef, Breeds, Genetics

The Value of Hereford Genetics in Commercial Herds

Jamie Johansen

One of the hot topics discussed during the American Hereford Association’s Hereford Genetic Summit was the commercial cattle industry. More importantly, the value of Hereford genetics in breeding high quality feeder cattle. Ten years ago Lorna Marshall, beef marketing manager for Genex, spoke to Hereford breeders at a similar conference about how the breed could become more commercial applicable. “The …

Ag Group, Audio, Beef, Breeds, Genetics, Hereford

National Junior Brangus Show Live

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Junior Brangus Show (NJBS) will be broadcast live from College Station, Texas on Cattle In Motion. The broadcast will include: Bred & Owned Show Wednesday, July 23, at 8:00 a.m. Owned Show Thursday, July 24, at 8:00 a.m. Source of Champions Sale* Thursday, July 24, at 6:30 p.m. Showmanship Friday, July 25, at 8:00 a.m. Futurity Saturday, July …

Breeds, Calves, Cattle

Long Live Those Dairy Cows!

John Davis

Research in Texas is looking into the relationship between the breed of dairy cows and the longevity of the herd. This article from Texas AgriLife (and this story from the USDA’s Rod Bain) talks about how researcher Dr. Pablo Pinedo, AgriLife Research ruminant animal health scientist in Amarillo, is conducting a year-long study funded by the American Jersey Cattle Club …

Breeds, dairy farming

Brown Swiss Highlights Heritage at World Dairy Expo

Chuck Zimmerman

It’s a tradition for the selection of the grand champion Brown Swiss at World Dairy Expo to be accompanied by classical Swiss music and dress, complete with yodeling, alphorn blowing, and cowbell ringing. Pictured in the foreground here is Dublin-Hills Treats owned by Peter Vail and Ken Main of Copake, NY walking in front of the New Glarus Jodlerklub just …

Breeds, Video, World Dairy Expo