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The CCA welcomed the funding announcement for the Agricultural Climate Solutions

Driving profit through cattle genetics on the ranch

Breeding: News Roundup from the March 2021 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

It has been said that it is getting harder and harder to make money in the cattle business. Expenses too often outweigh revenue, resulting in limited profit potential. Whether you agree or not, many ranchers are cautious about making additional investments to their management systems. To many, it feels as though mounting demands on how […] Read more

Left to right: Dylan, Kaitlyn, Mason, Ian, Sheila and Nolan Thackeray.

Purebred and Commercial Gelbvieh Breeders of the Year

Purely Purebred, news from the March 2021 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Man-Sask Gelbvieh Association is pleased to award the 2020 Purebred Breeders of the Year to Thackeray Land and Cattle of Weyburn, Sask. Ian and Sheila Thackeray, along with their family, have been raising Gelbvieh cattle for years. They have promoted the Gelbvieh breed with enthusiasm in their community, their province and beyond. Ian has […] Read more


Angus associations share data on foot scores

Angus associations share data on foot scores

Purely Purebred: News from the January 2021 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Canadian Angus Association is teaming up with Angus Australia and the American Angus Association to combine foot score phenotypes from all three databases. Following promising results from research conducted by Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI), the first updated foot score EPDs — including phenotypes from all three databases — was published November 27. “Using all […] Read more

Call the semen companies and the people who have used the bulls when looking for more information on AI sires.

Selecting beef genetics for profitability and performance

Three producers touch on everything from feed efficiency to getting the most information possible on AI sires

Three Ontario beef farmers shared their thoughts around increasing performance and profitability through breeding choices. Their panel discussion was part of the 2020 Beef Symposium held at the University of Guelph earlier this year. Brad Gilchrist Beef marketing manager with Semex and owner, Gilchrist Farms, Lucknow, Ont. Gilchrist Farms sell commercial and purebred breeding stock. […] Read more


At dawn, Ethiopian Boran cattle leave the village in search of grazing.

“Genomic Time Travel” approach finds genetic traits to breed more productive, resilient African cattle

New study deploys advanced tools to retrace 1,000 years of African pastoralist cattle breeding, identifying traits to help cattle survive blistering heat, drought and advancing diseases

Nairobi, Kenya —Scientists announced today the discovery of a new set of detailed genetic markers and information in African cattle that are associated with valuable traits, such as heat and drought tolerance, the capacity to control inflammation and tick infestations, and resistance to devastating livestock diseases like trypanosomiasis. The findings, published in the October issue […] Read more

Distal mid-piece defect, often caused by stress, heat or genetics.

Factors that affect bull fertility

Everything from winter shelter to genetics can affect a bull’s fertility

Some bulls are more fertile than others, due to genetics, scrotal size or structure. But poor management can also reduce a bull’s fertility. Since the average bull is expected to breed 25 to 30 cows in a natural breeding situation, his fertility is very important. Dr. John P. Kastelic, professor of cattle reproductive health at […] Read more


A dairy herd in rural Quebec. Dairy producers are increasingly using beef semen to boost their operations’ profitability.

Growing use of beef semen in dairy herds noted

Breeding: News Roundup from the October 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Dairy producers are using beef semen to breed more cows in their herds, saving sexed semen for only the top-producing cows, writes Stew Slater in Farmtario. Slater cites data from the Canadian Dairy Network that shows the breeding of dairy cows to Holstein bulls is at a low, which clearly indicates a shift to using […] Read more

If you can select for low-maintenance cows, your profitability will go up.

Genetic Modifications Observed in cattle

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

I am not an expert on cattle genetics. Not even close. I believe that in today’s livestock genetics, there is just as much variability within a breed as there is between breeds. We have diluted our genetics far too much with most breeds and most species. But I would like to share with you a […] Read more


Shifting from winter to spring calving has improved health and survival.

Timing cattle breeding for improved calf survival

Research on the Record with Reynold Bergen

I once spent a summer working for canola breeders. Some used traditional selection, while others were experimenting with transgenics. One traditionalist was known to say “sticking a new gene into a plant and expecting it to grow better is like throwing a new gear into a watch and expecting it to keep better time. It’ll […] Read more

Bulls will establish a pecking order when brought together, and breeding season brings out aggression.

Getting bulls ready for the breeding season

Take steps to make sure bulls stay healthy in the off season as well

Before breeding season starts, herd sire considerations should be front and center. Assess the condition of the bull battery well before the bulls are released into the cow and heifer herds. A good place to start is a breeding soundness exam which is a uniform method of determining a bull’s likelihood of establishing pregnancy in […] Read more