Bowman’s Banter

Thoughts and observations from Bowman Superior Genetics.
Stayability EPD. Does it Work? 150 150 Luke Bowman

Stayability EPD. Does it Work?

A great piece by Luke’s coworkers, Dr. Randie and Dr. Jackie! “Female longevity is one of the most economically impactful traits of commercial cow-calf operations. When choosing genetics for replacement females, emphasizing stayability will optimize the genetic potential for longevity in the herd.” Read the full, short article here:

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2022 Across-Breed EPD Table 150 150 Luke Bowman

2022 Across-Breed EPD Table

See link to the latest from the USDA Meat Animal Research Center. Of the breeds with a critical mass, Shorthorns rank #3 for MARB behind Angus & Red Angus. No other surprises or big shifts from previous years. There is work to be done, but Shorthorns aren’t sitting in a bad spot. But again, there…

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Genetics and EPDs 101 150 150 Luke Bowman

Genetics and EPDs 101

Here is International Genetics Solutions’ lead geneticist, Dr. Randie Culbertson, discussing the basics of genetics all the way to basic genetic selection tools (EPDs & $Indexes).

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Sire Selection Manual 150 150 Luke Bowman

Sire Selection Manual

“We live in an age of accelerated scientific discovery, which leads to new technologies that must be understood by members of the production sector of the industry to assure that technology is applied appropriately. Today, producers face the challenges of learning about DNA testing and its application to their selection programs. However, one very appropriate…

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2021 MARC Update 150 150 Luke Bowman

2021 MARC Update

Aligns with our focus on all traits, but especially MARB vs. REA….

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Shorthorns – Maternal or Terminal? 150 150 Luke Bowman

Shorthorns – Maternal or Terminal?

Here is an excellent article written by Dr. Ron Bolze, a former Executive Secretary/Treasurer of the American Shorthorn Association. This article really helped shape the organized direction of BSG in the early 2000’s, post our Junior run. Shorthorns – Maternal or Terminal? by Dr. Ron Bozle Hopefully, this title has caught your attention.  I think this…

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No hype: EPDs work 150 150 Luke Bowman

No hype: EPDs work

Borrowed from Western Livestock Journal, June 26, 2018: — Due to objective genetic predictions such as EPDs (expected progeny differences) and indexes, the cattle industry has made tremendous progress in production and efficiency. However, as the models that produce the predictions become more sophisticated and producers understand less of the mathematics behind them, some people…

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How to use EPDs 150 150 Luke Bowman

How to use EPDs

EPDs have been around for more nearly 40 years and are still confusing for many unless they are exposed to the basics. Although there are many ideas about how to understand or use EPDs, please take some time to watch the link below where use of EPDs is simplified.

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Bull Buying Simplified 150 150 Luke Bowman

Bull Buying Simplified

By Marty Ropp If you are among the many out there who feel as if it is becoming more difficult to identify the genetics you need to move forward and make more profit, hopefully the following words will be of help. There is little doubt that the amount of information that is presented to bull…

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Balanced, maternal or just mediocre? 150 150 Luke Bowman

Balanced, maternal or just mediocre?

Thank you Troy Marshall for this excellent article! SPOT ON!

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