NEWS
Going for Choice
Victoria G. Myers Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Mon Oct 7, 2013 03:57 PM CDT

Wayne Cockrell isn't looking for the next supercow; he's just trying to move out the bottom 20%. And the way he sees it, eyeballing heifers can only get you so far.

This spring, Cockrell will use a phenotypical sort to start the process of picking replacement heifers for the 2,100-cow herd he manages at Texas' Carter Ranch, near Oakwood. He will pick out about 300 heifers this way, keeping an eye on the ear. Why the ear? He's aiming to cut down the Brahman influence in the cross-Brangus herd. Cockrell's goal is to get the ear down to about a ...

Quick View
  • Back to Beans Growers considering moving a field from continuous corn back into soybeans should pay special att...
  • The Attraction of Youth Combine genotyping with a yearling bull, or even a weanling, and you're less likely to make a poo...
  • Kubota Steps Up A new mid-range, high-horsepower M7 tractor moves this company into the row-crop arena.
  • SCO Sticker Shock Costs and potential disconnect with county yields make the Supplemental Coverage Option a hard se...
  • Clean Water Goes a Long Way Cleaning up 900 feet of a small creek in Kentucky brings rebirth to water once choked with sedime...
  • Clean Air Lawsuits Filed Several environmental and animal-welfare groups argue in two lawsuits that there is well-document...
  • Ag and Environment Outlook Agriculture continues to watch how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency implements the propos...
  • Surgery on Plastics Dharma Kodali's goal is to insert soybean oil in the basic ingredient list for PVC plastics.
  • Ask the Vet How should I treat a cow with a swelling on her flank?
Related News Stories
The Market's Fine Print
Survey: US Cow Herd Grew in 2014
The Attraction of Youth
Certified at 99%
Two Sisters, One Bold Move
NFU Doubts Cattle Import Basis
Kub's Den
Woodbury: Farm Family Business
Calif. Feeders Try to Rebound
The Market's Fine Print