This week's BeefTalk . . .

BT797 - How Big is the Bull?

Tools such as expected progeny differences help producers buy the right bulls.

If one is building a house and the door does not fit, does the carpenter throw away the hammer? No.

If one is building a cow herd and the cows are the wrong size, does the producer throw away the bull expected progeny differences (EPDs)? No.

Cow size discussions at any time can be pretty involved and good. Are the cows too big? Are the cows too small? What is the right size? The discussion tends to feed into groups who tend to gather and discuss the other group.

Discussion is good. The cow size goal should meet the needs, resources and environment the cow will live in and match the desires of the producer in performance and acceptable type.

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