Below is a discussion of the Genex Cow Sense and Science philosophy. We share what it is, why we utilize it and why we recommend you should too.
GENEX COW SENSE AND SCIENCE: THE PHILOSOPHY
Genex’s cow sense and science is a philosophy that is rooted in the importance of balancing the science of cattle – the data we collect through genomics and epd’s – along with the sense of cattle – the non scientific information we gather through observation. Like Genex, we believe it is important to bring both approaches to the table as you manage and grow your herd.
“I have worked with Genex since I was in college in 2009 and I still work with them today. I think I have gotten along with them so well because of their cow sense and science approach.” – Luke Kovarik
GENEX COW SENSE AND SCIENCE: THE SCIENCE
First, the science. It is important as an industry we utilize the scientific data available to us to continue to improve efficiencies of our cow herd. With genomics we can do this faster and more accurately than ever before for any given trait. Personally, we aim for balanced traits but will focus on evaluating the numbers for good calving ease and growth. We also want an acceptable carcass for our animals, so we will look at marbling and ribeye. Maternal function is extremely important to our program. Thus, we spend time focusing on evaluating an epd like moderate milk production. The Genex BEEF app is a great tool for evaluating the science because it allows you to sort based on numerical scientific traits that are hard lines for your operation. Download the app HERE.
GENEX COW SENSE AND SCIENCE: THE SENSE
As you can tell from above, genomics and expanded EPD profiles are powerful and important. But every good cowman also knows that there are other aspects that are not fully represented in data/epds and sometimes we can get lost in the data. This is why we need to balance the epd’s with the “sense”. For example, we value the 12 year old cow that still brings in a big calf and is early bred every year. Her economic importance to our operation isn’t fully represented in her epd profile. If you search long and hard enough you can balance the sense and science. By doing this you will create a strong herd that should carry your operation for future generations.
Read more about the cow sense and science philosophy on the Genex page here.
Want more Genex? You can read this blog post we did sharing our Favorite Genex Calving products like Foundation 150 and PUSH Paste. You can also watch this YouTube video we made on Genex calving products too.
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