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Value Versatility Profitability “Charolais cattle are extremely valuable in what we do every day. They perform, convert, get large and do well. The packers desire those cattle. When we put Charolais on the show list, there’s usually a lot of aggression, a lot of desire to own them for a couple of reasons. For one, the cutability is amazing. The cattle yield very well. There’s nothing more desirable in the industry than a black-nosed Charolais.” — Todd Sigmon, Manager Dinklage Feedyards, Sidney, Nebraska 2016 51.4 .34 .06 AMERICAN-INTERNATIONAL CHAROLAIS ASSOCIATION 11700 NW Plaza Circle Kansas City, Missouri 64153 t'BY www.CHAROLAISUSA.com © American-International Charolais Association 2018 CHAROLAIS More pounds. Q Increased carcass weights Q Increased weaning & yearling weights More profit. Q Lower birth weights, more live calves Q Improved yield grades Q Higher quality grades Q Industry-wide acceptance Charolais Genetic Advancement Yearling Weight Ribeye Area Marbling 2006 36.3 .20 .01 2006-2016 NCE Charolais Genetic Trends MARIAH UTTER Your good cows are bred...now keep ‘em that way. But since ranchers may sometimes only pay attention to “if” a cow is bred, they may not stop to test a cow for Lepto if she comes back in heat. Thus the diagnosis is lost and the disease persists in the herd. If a rancher has a couple of cows that are bred then come in heat 42 days or more later, trichimoniasis (Trich) or campylobacter could be the issue. Testing for Trich and campylobacter is performed on all the breeding bulls on the operation. Before turning a new bull out with cows, a rancher should Trich test the bull with the help of the local veterinarian. Dr. Fuselier instructs his clients not to buy a bull unless it has a negative trich test but also to test the animal again once it is home. “It’s not expensive to do so when you consider the cost of introducing this disease to your ranch,” Dr. Fuselier suggests. “It’s like insurance.” VERY FEW DISEASES ARE DIAGNOSED Nutrition also plays a vital role. When mineral imbalances in a cow’s diet exist so does infertility. Copper, MARCH 2018 I WORKING RANCH I 39


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