Articles & Presentations

Newport, Alan. 2018. Accounting the value of heat adaptation for cattle. Beef Producer. Feb. 9, 2018. Part II

Newport, Alan. 2018. Another study says smaller cows more profitable. Beef Producer. Jan. 16, 2018. Part I

Lukefahr, S.D. 2017. EPDs and Heterosis – What is the Difference? The Stockman Grassfarmer. 17(11):10-14. SGF-EPDs vs Heterosis

Lukefahr, S.D. 2017. Characterization of a composite population of beef cattle in subtropical south Texas and the effect of genes for coat type and color on preweaning growth and influence of summer breeding on sex ratio. Professional Animal Scientist 33:604-615. Star Composite Population

Lukefahr, S.D. 2017. Strategies to lower production costs in small cow-calf operations. The Stockman Grassfarmer. 17(1):1, 6-9. SGF-Lowering Costs

Lukefahr, S.D. 2016. Developing bulls on grass for summer breeding in south Texas. The Stockman Grassfarmer. 16(2):1, 5-7. SGF-Dev Bulls

Lukefahr, Steven D. 2015. Keep an eye on predators with guard donkeys. The Cattleman. November 2015. Guard donkeys

Lukefahr, S.D. 2015. Guidelines for developing new composite breeds for the grassfed industry. The Stockman Grassfarmer. 15(9):1, 4-8. SGF-Composite

Lukefahr, S. 2015. An explanation of the breeding objective of my ranch in south Texas. The Stockman Grassfarmer. 15(4):8-11. SGF April 2015 (Original photos and sample planned mating table are included.)

Lukefahr, S.D. 2015. What is your business’ breeding objective? The Stockman Grassfarmer. 15(3):1-3. SGF March 2015

Fears, R. 2014. Breeding a drought-adapted cow. Progressive cattleman. August 2014. Link

Littlejohn, M.D., K.M. Henty, K. Tiplady, T. Johnson, C. Harland, T. Lopdell, R.G. Sherlock, W. Li, S.D. Lukefahr, B.C. Shanks, D.J. Garrick, R.G. Snell, R.J. Spelman, and S.R. Davis. 2014. Functional reciprocal mutations of the prolactin signalling pathway define hairy and slick cattle. Nature Communications 5, Article 5861. NC 2014 

Lukefahr, Steven, and Les Nunn. 2014. Start with a handshake, end with a lawyer. The Cattleman. September 2014. Leasing Land 2014

Lukefahr, S.D. 2014. Breeding cattle that can thrive in a warmer world. The Stockman Grassfarmer. 14(8):6-8. SGF August 2014

Lukefahr, S.D. 2014. Fence line weaning minimizes stress on both cows and calves. The Stockman Grassfarmer. 14(7):6-7. SGF July 2014

Lukefahr, S.D. 2014. Nature’s reward for working with her is a reduction in cattle production costs. The Stockman Grassfarmer. 14(3):1,4-6. SGF-March 2014

Lukefahr, S.D. 2013. New STAR cattle breed shines during droughts. Farm Show 7(6):8. Farm Show

Lukefahr, S.D. 2013. The latest paradigm shift for ranchers is a profit every year even in a severe drought. The Stockman Grassfarmer. 13(12):1-8. SGF December 2013

Ortega-S., J.A., S.D. Lukefahr, and F.C. Bryant. 2013. Optimum stocking rate, monitoring, and flexibility: key components of successful grazing management programs. Rangelands 35(5):22-27. Flexibility is Key to Successful Grazing Management

Lukefahr, S.D. 2013. Sustainable and profitable cow/calf production while coping with drought. Presentation at Texas Grazingland Conference. Dallas, TX. July 15-17, 2013. Fort Worth REV-2013 (Towards the end of the presentation is a table showing figures for actual pounds of weaned calf/ac, profit/ac, and profit per cow from 2001-2012.)

Lukefahr, S.D., and J. Alfonso Ortega-S. 2012. An Update on the Drought in South Texas: Dejavu all Over Again! 2012. The Stockman Grassfarmer. 12(11):8-10.  Drought of 2012 Update

Dobson, L., Lukefahr, S. Lee, J., Moore, S., and D. DeLaney. 2011. A century of breeding horses. The American Quarter Horse Journal. April 2011. AQHA Horse Journal article

Lukefahr, S.D., and J. Alfonso Ortega-S. 2011. Cattle and grazing management strategies for surviving serious droughts. 2011. The Stockman Grassfarmer. 11(11):1-5.  Drought Management Strategies

Lukefahr, S.D., and J. Alfonso Ortega-S. 2011. Dual spring and fall calving herds: Some lessons learned. 2011. (Even under a no-hay regimen fall calving herds cost more and produce less) The Stockman Grassfarmer. 11(3):21-22.  Fall vs Spring Calving

J. Alfonso Ortega-S., and S.D. Lukefahr. 2011. Proper grazing management during the drought: The difference between making a profit and losing your herd. 2011. Proceedings of the 25th Reunion Nacional de la Asociacion de Administracion de Empresas Agropecuarias. Texcoco, Mexico. Grazing Management against Drought

J. Alfonso Ortega-S., S.D. Lukefahr, Kevin Porter, Laura Bush, Aaron Tjelmeland, Jorge Molina, Vivian Garcia, Mark, Bartoskewitz, and Fred Bryant. Invasive grasses in south Texas: Kill it or use it. 2011. Proceedings of the International Grasslands Congress. Rosario, Argentina. Invasive grasses

Dobson, L., K.C. McCuistion, S.D. Lukefahr, S. Moore, D. DeLaney, and J. Lee. 2010. Historic genetic characterization of King Ranch Quarter horses. 2010. Professional Animal Scientist. 26(1):1-8.  King Ranch Horse

Lukefahr, S.D. J.A. Ortega, J. Hohlt, and R. Schmidt. 2009. Grazing management: A case study for sustainable beef production in South Texas. 2009. Proc. 4th National Conference on Grazing Lands, December 13-16, 2009. Reno, NV. Grazing Management in South Texas

Lukefahr, S.D. 2007. Developing local niche markets. 2007. The Stockman Grassfarmer. 7(8):8-9.  SGF-Part 3-Lukefahr

Lukefahr, S.D. A heat tolerant yet tender grass friendly animal is genetic goal of Gulf Coast rancher. 2007. The Stockman Grassfarmer. 7(7):4-6.  SGF-Part 2-Lukefahr

Lukefahr, S.D. Developing a sustainable ranching system for harsh, hot, humid climates. 2007. The Stockman Grassfarmer. 7(6):16-17.  SGF-Part 1-Lukefahr

Lukefahr, S.D. 2007. Coat colour genetics in the Tuli breed. 2007. South African Stud Breeder. 16:39-46.  Colour Article

Beef Cattle Publications from the Uvalde  Research and Extension Center, TX:

Senepol and Tuli Crossbred Cattle Have Good Carcass Quality. Link to article


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Cow Fertility Results

For 2018 the overall cow and heifer pregnancy rate was 95.1%. Over 90% of the cows conceived in their first heat cycle, despite the brutally high temperature and humidity levels during the breeding season (mid-July through August). Cows at Lukefahr Ranch are not pampered; if they do not adapt they are culled. In 2017 the average feed cost per cow was $4.04. No hay was fed during the winter. The photo features a Star cow with her Mashona-sired heifer calf.