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It you are looking for information pertaining to animal reproduction, artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, culling for fertility, or maintaining your herd bulls, this section has what you are looking for.

Both data, visual aspects of cattle count when making purchases

published: April 26th 2018 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas AgriLife Today

FORT WORTH  – When buying female replacement cattle or breeding bulls, it’s important to use data and visual observations to make the best selections, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert....

Tips to get your cows bred

published: March 21st 2018 source: Biozyme

(SAINT JOSEPH, Mo.) Today’s cow-calf producers place extremely high production demands on their cows for them to remain in the herd. Producers expect their cows to calve without difficulty, provide enough colostrum and milk for a rapidly growing calf, come in heat quickly after calving and conceive early in the breeding season....

Estrus Synchronization Protocols

published: March 20th 2018 by: Alicia C. Lansford source: Nebraska Extension

Estrus synchronization optimizes labor and time, and improves the ease of using artificial insemination (AI) (Lamb et al., 2009). Use of AI allows access to superior genetics, accelerates genetic change within a herd, and is frequently less expensive than natural service (Johnson and Jones, 2004)....

Calving and Handling Calving Difficulties – A Review

published: February 15th 2018 by: Aaron Berger source: University of Nebraska Extension

  This article is a brief summary of a paper titled “Calving and Handling Calving Difficulties” ( by Robert Mortimer DVM, who is Emeritus Faculty at the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine Biomedical Sciences....

Calving book technology: There’s an app for that

published: February 7th 2018 by: Taylor Grussing source: IGrow

In today’s day and age, we rarely go anywhere without some kind of technology in our pocket or vehicle. Even in the livestock industry, there is an app for many of the tasks we conduct each day that can make our lives easier if we take the time to learn how to use them....

Time to double check your heifer development program

published: January 25th 2018 by: –Dr. Les Anderson, Beef Extension Spec source: Ohio Beef Leader

The first of January is an important “check-point” in spring heifer development programs. The key to proper heifer development lies in understanding the factors that influence conception in yearling heifers....

Cow Mineral Nutrition During Late Gestation

published: January 16th 2018 by: Adele Harty source: IGrow

  The Range Beef Cow Symposium was held in Cheyenne, Wyoming, November 28–30, 2017. This event is held every two years and rotates between Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Colorado to provide applied, educational information to producers and educators....

Prepare for a successful breeding season

published: January 2nd 2018 by: –Dr. Les Anderson, Beef Extension Spec source: The Ohio State Extension

A successful breeding season actually begins with management decisions made prior to calving. As we move into the winter feeding period, cattlemen need to review their management plan to ensure optimal rebreeding and success....

Don’t Forget to Preg Check Your Cows

published: December 1st 2017 by: –Dr. Les Anderson, Beef Extension Spec

I hope most of you are planning your herd “preg check.” If you have not incorporated this management practice in the past, please do so this year so that you won’t be feed non-productive females this fall and winter....

Not Too Early to Prepare for 2018 Calving Season

published: November 21st 2017 by: John F. Grimes source: The Ohio State Extension

You might find the timing of the title of this article a bit unusual. After all, many producers are currently marketing the 2017 calf crop, grain harvest isn’t finished, and winter is nearly two months away....

Opportunities for open cows

published: October 6th 2017 by: Taylor Grussing

  It’s that time of year when driving along the countryside or sitting in the sale barn cows start to show up with an “O” drawn on her side as the veterinarian called her open on pregnancy check day....

Impact of early weaning on replacement heifers

published: September 27th 2017 by: Robin Salverson source: IGrow

Early weaning calves has been a common practice this year to manage through the drought. However, how does early weaning affect the heifers meant for replacements? Several research projects indicate that early weaning does not impact a heifer’s opportunity to be retained as a replacement in the herd....

Preweaning calf management

published: September 8th 2017 by: Joe C. Paschal

The concept of a “value added calf” or “VAC” program is not new today, but in the late 1980s it was thought to have little value in most circles. Dr. Randall Grooms, a beef cattle specialist in Overton with the Texas Agricultural Exten-sion Service (as it was then called), came up with the “Texas Value Added Calf” or TEX VAC Program....

Advantages of Early Pregnancy Diagnosis of Yearling Heifers

published: July 12th 2017 by: By Aaron Berger source: Nebraska Extension

The middle of summer is not the time when many cattle producers think about pregnancy testing. However, for producers that have yearling heifers that were bred early this spring, many of those heifers are far enough along to be pregnancy tested....

Investing in the future, heifer development for longevity

published: June 14th 2017 by: Dr. Justin Rhinehart source: BIF 2017

    A step by step guide for heifer development: Breed early in the first breeding season Minimize calving difficulties Wean acceptable calves Breed early in the second breeding season Optimize profit Improve genetics In our nutritional development, we can have steady growth, fast early growth then plateau, slow early growth and fast late growth....

Keeping cows bred

published: June 2nd 2017 by: Justin Rhinehart source: Tennessee Extension

There’s been a lot of discussion about concentrating your breeding season and how much value that adds to your calf crop each year. But, getting cows bred is only part of the story. Keeping them bred, especially through the summer months, also takes attention to detail....

Economic Impact of Estrus Synchronization and Artificial Insemination

published: June 1st 2017 by: Dr. Justin Rhinehart source: BIF 2017

    Why don't more producers use estrus synchronization and AI? Labor/Time 39% Cost 17% Too Complicated 17% Lack of facilities 11% Other 14% Does not work 2% The cost per pregnancy for a bull costs between $60 and $75 depending on pregnancy rate....

The first calf heifer conundrum

published: May 9th 2017 by: Dr. Jason Smith Assistant Professor, UT source: University of Tennessee Beef Cattle Extension

First-calf heifers.  Let’s face it – we all struggle with them at least to some degree.  And it’s an issue that we face not just here in Tennessee, but across the entire country....

82 Days To Pregnancy

published: May 5th 2017 by: Kris Ringwall source: University of North Dakota Extension

Are the cows ready to breed? Assuming a 283-day gestation, if the cow that calved on April 1 wants to maintain her position as the first cow to calve on April 1, she only has 82 days to recoup from calving, start lactating and be cycling the day the bulls arrive in the pasture....

Examining Calf Mortality

published: April 28th 2017 by: Kris Ringwall source: University of North Dakota Extension

A good goal for calving success is to have 97 percent of all calves that are born walk into the weaning pens this fall. This can be achieved, although not easily, through appropriate management, working with the environment and a good interaction with industry professionals, including an appropriate health, nutrition and genetic program....

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