In the January issue of the Stockman Grass Farmer my article appears, Strategies to lower production costs in small cow-calf operations. It has been posted to the Articles & Presentations area of this website. The theme of the article is how appropriate or inappropriate genetics can either make or break your business. Here are photos taken in mid-January (note yellow grass) of two pregnant cows in a body condition score of 7 who are wintering their heifer calves (8-1/2 months old at time of photo), and without receiving any energy or protein supplements. Star cattle have the genetics for adaptation to thrive on poor quality forage. They possess genes for more efficient forage digestion or nutrient metabolism, or both.