Tools that work

You need to hang a picture on a wall. As you grab a hammer and swing, I bet you never find yourself thinking, “I sure hope this hammer will work.” You’ve selected the right tool for the job, you know how it functions and you’re confident it will deliver the intended...
Getting what you pay for

Getting what you pay for

Getting what you pay forHow to evaluate EPDs across different breeds  by Miranda Reiman Imagine buying a bull with a birth weight EPD (expected progeny difference) of 1.0, only to bring him home and find out he was actually a +9.6.What if that mistake was your...

Every number has a story: 8,000,000

I like history. Not just the common 5th period class we all goofed off in in junior high kind. I’m talking a history of people – particularly those I know. I may not find it in textbooks, but through time spent, memories secured and conversations had, I can begin to...

Every steak has a story

A retired banker, a journalist and an intern walk into a restaurant – don’t worry, this is no bad joke, just the start of another great story about the cattle business. Steve and I recently had the pleasure of meeting commercial Angus producers Roy and Carol Soukup...

Mapping herd improvement

Mapping herd improvementSteer futurity Sire Profit Analysis guides progress  by Lyndee Stabel When Daryl Strohbehn retired as an Iowa State Extension beef specialist there was one project he wasn’t ready to give up the reins to. Since 2003, he has tracked the profit...