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Genetic Hedging
Mon Sep 2, 2013 05:41 PM CDT

When your investment portfolio is a cow herd, risk management can be a big challenge.

Angus breeder Matt Perrier, of Eureka, Kan., is spreading his risk by using genetics to diversify calf crop marketability. He believes this is one way commercial beef producers can have that all-important market hedge.

"Balanced-trait genetics are an overlooked risk-management tool that cow-calf producers have at their disposal," he said. "If we genetically focus on multi-endpoints and produce calves that appeal to more than one market, we can greatly improve our marketing flexibility."

For operations selling calves right ...

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