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Industry News

The “Why” Behind Whole Herd Reporting

December 03, 2019 Industry News ASA
By Jackie Atkins, Ph.D. | The American Simmental Association (ASA) launched the whole herd reporting system called, Total Herd Enrollment (THE), in April of 1999. Twenty years later, THE remains at the center of thorough data reporting to fuel the genetic…

Check Out What We Have Done So Far

November 19, 2019 Industry News ASA
By Lauren Hyde, Ph.D. | Nearly a year and a half ago, on Saturday, May 5, 2018, the American Simmental Association released the first full suite of multi-breed EPDs powered by the state-of-the-art BOLT software. I have to admit that the ASA staff, with the…

IGS Feeder Profit Calculator ™ Highlights Profit, Reduces Risk

 
International Genetic Solutions offers free, third-party validation on feeder calves.

Bozeman, MT - When profit-focused genetics combine with superior calf management, the producer has done the hard work. Still, that leaves little guarantee on sale day. The IGS Feeder
Profit Calculator TM seeks to minimize such risk.

Using the IGS Feeder Profit Calculator, cattlemen are able to provide sire information, regardless of breed, as well as preconditioning, weaning and health data in exchange for a Total Relative
Value that compares the profit potential of their calves to the industry at large. That value, indicated on a formal certificate, can be used for producer benchmarking and buyer insight.

Superior Livestock Representative Clint Berry says such technology is in line with what he sees for buyer demand.

“We sell cattle in all capacities, all formats, but the one thing we see continued pressure on is cattle that offer flexibility to the buyer, that gives the buyer a chance to have some value-added
options,” Berry says. “If he can recapture from that purchase price, he can recapture a profit on his side. Whether those are export verification programs or cattle that simply grow and grade
better in the feedyard on his side of the business.”

“Producers get paid to have better cattle. It’s common to see spreads of $20-$40 at market from additional information and value-added programs,” Berry says. At present, he adds, there’s no
ceiling.

“As we move forward, the genetic key in that is becoming more and more prominent for producers who are wanting to sell at the top of the market,” he says. “Being able to verify those
genetics and have a record of those genetics is the key difference.”

As a third-party validation tool, the IGS Feeder Profit Calculator TM satisfies that need. Buyers who pay a premium on a set of calves will look to recoup those and add additional profit down
the road at harvest.

“In our format, they might buy a calf in July, that ships to them in October, that doesn't die until April of the next year. There's a lot of time frame between the day that he made the decision to
do the bid price, and the day that he recaptures his monetary value,” Berry notes.

By leveraging what is there on the front end, success is more likely to follow.

“Having flexibility and having a security blanket, you might call it, for a buyer to know this set of cattle is better than the average goes a long way when you want to demand a premium for
your cattle on the market,” he says.

The IGS Feeder Profit Calculator is offered to all cattle producers at no cost, and is available for mobile use through the App Store.

Commercial producers wanting to learn more can visit internationalgeneticsolutions.com.

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International Genetic Solutions (IGS) is an unprecedented collaboration between progressive breed associations across the US and Canada that are committed to enhancing beef industry profitability. The collaboration encompasses education, technological advancement, and genetic evaluation. Through collaboration, IGS has become the largest beef cattle evaluation in the world.
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