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Data from the Spring 2012 Across-Breed EPD Genetic Trends presented at the Beef Improvement Federation documents Charolais and Charolais-influenced genetics lead all major breeds compared for both weaning and yearling weights. In fact, Charolais cattle were proven to excel at adding more pounds at weaning and yearling.
(Adapted from Spring 2012 Genetics Trends from Breed Associations and 2012 AB-EPD factors (Larry Kuehn and Marc Thallman, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center). Get the presentation.)

Every beef producer knows profitability starts with more pounds.
More pounds. More profits. Simple math.

 
CHAROLAIS-CROSS CATTLE MAKE THE CUT FOR TOMORROW'S CONSUMER 
 

After seeing virtually every cattle breed's performance in the feedyard, James Henderson of the Bradley 3 Ranch knew Charolais outperformed them all and created a place for the white hides on his wife's Angus seedstock operation.

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BEEF PRODUCTION IS EARTH'S GOOD STEWARD
  Jude Capper explains, "Every single beef production system can be sustainable," no matter its size, the breed or if it's organic, conventional or natural, provided three factors are in place: economic viability, environmental responsibility and social acceptability. Charolais and Charolais-influenced producers understand the relationship of economic efficiencies in producing more pounds in every calf crop and the reality of sustaining their own operations. The influence of Continental genetics in the last half of the 20th Century, scientific and technological advancements, and improved management tools enable beef producers to produce more, higher quality beef and use fewer resources.
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PROGRESSIVE POOLING
  As the saying goes, there is strength in numbers, and this certainly applies to calf pools, alliances that offer marketing options, and opportunities for cattle operations that are most often small to medium in size or even geographically challenged. Florida Heritage Beef is one such organization, made up of nine ranches of cow-calf producers. Member Kempfer Cattle Co., Deer Park, Fla., discusses how they decrease their risk associated with feeder calf marketing by pooling similar known genetics, health and management protocols, and age and source verifying cattle. Charolais genetics are used in five of the nine FHB members' operations.
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BEEF QUALITY ASSURANCE: BLUEPRINT FOR SUCCESS
  "BQA started out as the quality assurance of beef products and has evolved into the assurance of quality beef for the consumer," says Dr. Dan Thomson, director of the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. One of the founding guidelines of the Florida Heritage Beef marketing group is each member-ranch's cow crew must be BQA certified.
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CHAROLAIS ON FEED: THE GENETICS OF FEED EFFICIENCY FIELD DAY
  The American-International Charolais Association, co-hosted along with the University of Illinois and the National Program for Genetic Improvement of Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle, the Charolais on Feed Field Day which offered an opportunity for breed enthusiasts to learn about emerging technologies that could soon benefit producers.
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A PREFERENCE FOR THE "GOOD ONES"
  Two feedlot operators agree that high value, Charolais-influenced crossbreds from reputable sources are their feeder calves of choice. Curt Nash of Cresbard, S.D. and Gary Buchert near Marshall, Minn. tell why as well as the importance of a good working relationship with a service-oriented seedstock supplier.
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GENETIC TRACKING COULD BECOME A MAJOR TOOL FOR COMMERCIAL CATTLEMEN IN THE NEAR FUTURE
  "Producers and feeders are interested in profit and the traditional focus has been on outputs. However, we need to look at inputs and see where there is room to improve," Dr. Dan Shike, University of Illinois explained at the Charolais on Feed Field Day that AICA co-hosted. Among other things, genomic enhanced EPDs and feed efficiency were discussed.
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PLAN. MARKET. SELL.
  "Now, more than ever, producers have an abundance of tools at their fingertips to make a big difference in their bottom line," says Dennis Metzger of Western Video Market. Metzger and Brad Fahrmeier of LiveAuctions.tv explore the opportunities of video and internet marketing and how they have changed the marketing landscape.
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CAPTURING MORE FEEDER CALF VALUE
  Looking to reap more value from feeder calves? Mike John, MFA Health Track Operations, discusses multiple factors that need consideration, starting with genetics, nutrition and management. Willard Wolf, lifelong cattle marketer with Crossroads Cattle Company, offers some advice for cattle marketers, including: "The big reason to precondition is not because you'll make more money. It's so you don't run out of people to buy your calves."
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PROFIT ORIENTED CATTLEMEN DEMAND PROFIT ORIENTED CALVES
  For these serious, profit minded producers, thick, meaty, heavy, healthy and Charolais are one in the same. Commercial producers Olson Farms, Orville Skogen and Bruce Rowser discuss retained ownership, carcass value and how the extra pounds add up.
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A PREFERENCE FOR CHAROLAIS-SIRED GENETICS
  The product that results from Charolais bulls crossed on English cows makes this Continental breed a long time choice for Steinbeissers and their VS feedlot.
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CHAROLAIS GENETICS: ADAPTABLE PLUS MARKETABLE
  From added pounds and performance to adaptability and marketability, Charolais-influenced cattle fill the bill in the hot and humid South. Read the viewpoints from Clear Water Cattle, V8 Ranch and David Hayward.
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LEAD BY EXAMPLE
  The Lykes Bros. operation successfully fits Charolais genetics into their Florida crossbreeding system while practicing good stewardship. Using Charolais bulls on Brangus-cross females creates dark-nosed smokey calves that are well accepted in the marketplace.
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PLAIN AS BLACK AND WHITE
  Kansas rancher finds benefits adding Charolais, heterosis to his herd.
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MOTHER OF THE YEAR
  Crossbred cows are money in the bank.
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HARVESTING HETEROSIS & HEALTH BUILDS PROFITABLE GENETIC PACKAGE, USEFUL END PRODUCTS
  The Lerwick family assesses the economic advantages of their Charolais crossbreeding program, documenting the value of heterosis.
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THE RIGHT STEER FOR A HIGH CORN COST WORLD
  Actual feedlot performance data clearly shows performance always pays. Recent data on over 100,000 head of steers demonstrates today's ideal steer gains 3.5 lbs. or more per day, finishes at 1,400 lbs. and qualifies for additional premiums paid for high quality carcasses.
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LET'S PROVE WHAT WE THINK WE KNOW
  AICA Executive Vice President, J. Neil Orth, outlines the content of the Charolais Feedyard Performance Study
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BUILDING THE IDEAL FEEDLOT STEER
  Two feedlot managers discuss the value of Charolais and Charolais-cross genetics in the feedyard and on the rail.
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CHAROLAIS ADVANTAGE EVIDENT IN CSU RESEARCH STUDY
  Data analyzes the advantage of Charolais genetics on producers' bottom lines.
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Some articles listed above have appeared in previous issues of Charolais Edge, AICA's publication geared for the commercial beef producer. If you'd like a free subscription, contact Molly Mader at the AICA office at 816-464-5977 or mmader@charolaisusa.com.

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The USVerified™ program meets all source and age verification requirements and the AICA office will verify the Charolais genetic component. The result is an easily identifiable feeder calf with even more value than before. In fact, age- and source-verified cattle meeting qualifications for export have earned premiums up to $25 per head.

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