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Every number has a story: .53

Decades of data from Certified Angus Beef ® brand licensed packers show a typical pen-average fat thickness for finished cattle of 0.53 inch, with a range in those averages of less than .25 to more than 1 inch. Although 0.4 was long considered the target, data across the last 20 years points to barely finished cattle […]

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Every number has a story: .51

I could have put up .46 or .43, the average marbling EPD (expected progeny difference) for current registered Angus sires and dams, respectively. But we reach a lot of commercial producers who are shopping for bulls. And .51 is the average marbling EPD for non-parent bulls this fall, like the ones you’re bidding on and/or […]

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Hot topics, On Target, The Meat Market, Uncategorized
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Raising the Steaks

A Rancher’s Guide to Applied Meat Science

I’ve never been much of a gambler myself. Maybe I value my money too much. It’s possible I take enough other risks and therefore have never had an urge to sit down at the table and leave my financial fate in the hand of a dealer. But in the cattle business, I think it’s fair […]

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Cows come first at Nebraska ranch

If you’ve been with us all week, you know it’s been all about the ladies — those hard-working Angus cows that do it all. They not only breed consistently and calve without assistance, but go on to wean big strong calves that perform in the feedlot and on the rail. In 2009, Steve visited an […]

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Maternal function at Marrs Ranch

“Marrs cattle excel both in performance and carcass value.” That’s all Tom Williams, Chappell (Neb.) Feedlot, had to say about his customers of five years in 2009. That, and an added page of data to prove it, were enough. Recipients of CAB’s Commercial Commitment to Excellence award, Dan and Anna Marrs, Whitewood, S.D., were the […]

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