JANUARY SHORTHORN COUNTRY

SHOW RESULTS, SALE RESULTS, ASSOCIATION UPDATES

NEWS FROM THE CEO

Here we are at the beginning of another new year, 2022. The older we get the faster the years fly by. Even as we look back at the inconveniences and issues of the past year or two and tragedies for some from Covid-19, I really believe these changes that occur each year become part of our lives forever. We learn to live with them and control them so life and activity can go on.

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PERFORMANCE RATIOS 101

At the time of writing, weaning data is coming in at a quick rate on those spring calves across Shorthorn nation. By the time this issue hits your mailbox, yearling and carcass ultrasound data collection time will be nearing on the horizon. Then bull sale season will start and the season of studying all the top prospects in Digital Beef will begin for the serious, number-driven shopper.

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NEW RULE, EXPLAINED

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again – or so they say! There has been quite the buzz about the new rule put into motion by the board, regarding bull testing. Hopefully this article will give better insight and put into real terms what we are looking for. To preface, this rule is NOT saying that all bulls born after January 1, 2022 have to be tested. Nor is it saying that all bulls born and registered after January 1, 2022 have to be tested. What it is saying is that any bulls born after January 1, 2022 who will produce offspring, have to be tested before those offspring can be recorded in our registry. These bulls will not be able to have calves hit the ground until 2023, most likely, so this rule will not really take effect until then. Bear with me – this will be a lengthier article than you are probably used to from me, but my hope is that the contents will answer burning questions and ideally spread awareness of why this is going to happen, as well as encourage breeders to welcome the new policy.

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