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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.

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....

On track?

published: April 18th 2017 by: Steve Suther source: Certified Angus Beef

Biology says it takes two years from the day you breed cows till their calves can be harvested for beef or join the breeding herd to calve as two-year-olds. Decisions before, after and during any two-year span can make a big difference....

Priorities When Starting an Artificial Insemination Program

published: April 14th 2017 by: Evan Whitley source: Noble Foundation

The Noble Foundation owns and operates approximately 14,000 acres that spans seven ranches and three counties. These properties are used in various ways including conducting applied research and demonstration as well as providing a venue for educational and training events....

To estrus detect or not was the question

published: April 13th 2017 by: By B. T. Tibbitts, T. L. Meyer, D. J. Ke source: University of Nebraska Extensi

  This study evaluated how a fixed-time AI (FTAI) protocol versus a modified estrus detection with fixed time AI (MTAI) protocol affected AI and final pregnancy rates. Reproductive technologies such as estrus synchronization and AI have limited adoption in the beef industry, partially due to added labor....

Bull management is a key to successful breeding seasons

published: April 7th 2017 by: Adam Russell

OVERTON – Bull management before and during breeding season can improve producers’ chan-ces for reproductive success, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Jason Banta, Agri Life Extension beef cattle specialist, Overton, said it’s important to make sure bulls are ready and in good condition heading into breeding season....

Finding females for the cowherd

published: March 30th 2017 by: Taylor Grussing source: IGrow

Finding females for the cowherd to either replace cull cows or increase herd size can be done in many ways, explained Taylor Grussing, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist. "At the end of the day, profitability begins with a live calf....

Preparing for calving: Are you ready for the most stressful time of year?

published: February 21st 2017 by: Kevin Gould source: Michigan State University Extension

Calving is hands-down the most stressful time year of for the cow-calf operator. Challenging environmental conditions, increased cattle nutritional requirements and lack of sleep can lead to producers not being fully prepared....

Gestation Length: Calves Arrive Sooner Than They Used To

published: February 15th 2017 by: Dr. Justin Rhinehart source: University of Tennessee Beef Cattle Extension

What is the gestation length of a cow? This question usually gets the answer of “it averages 283 days.” A better answer is “it can range from about 265 to as much as 295 days.” For breeds that have focused on low birthweight genetics for several generations, the average gestation length has shortened....

Making great cows-strategic replacement female selection

published: January 27th 2017 by: Bob Weaber source: K-State University

Although the recent fall in calf prices may require cow-calf producers to sell more heifer calves than planned and forgo herd expansion, many producers will still keep a significant percentage of replacement females in order to maintain herd inventory....

Three refreshers for your replacement heifers

published: January 27th 2017

It’s no secret that replacement heifers are some of the most valuable animals in your herd; however, value goes hand in hand with vulnerability. With recent record-high costs to develop replacement females, it may be time to consider a refresh on your replacement heifer program....

Prior, proper, planning precedes profitable purchases

published: January 23rd 2017 by: Bob Weaber source: K State Beef Extension

As the bull-buying season gets underway, commercial cattlemen should do their home work to help ensure the bull(s) they purchase this year meet their needs. Like most things in life, preparedness is the key to making an informed decision....

Getting your cows through winter

published: December 14th 2016 by: Adam Russell

OVERTON — Getting or keeping cows in proper body condition throughout the winter can optimize pregnancy rates the following season, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr....

Evaluating to keep or cull after a proplapse

published: December 5th 2016 by: Dr. Glenn Selk source: Oklahoma State University Extension

Prolapses occur occasionally in beef cows. Most prolapses occur around calving time. Two distinct kinds of prolapse exist.  Uterine prolapses are most likely to occur during or shortly after calving, whereas vaginal prolapses occur before the calving process begins....

Looking to save money? It’s foolish to cut preg-checking

published: November 16th 2016 by: W. Mark Hilton, DVM, PAS, DABVP, clinica source: The Ohio State University

As cattle margins tighten, there is a temptation to cut costs to improve profits . . . and I’m all in favor of it if the cost cutting actually makes your beef business stronger. The first place to look at cost cutting is in feed cost, which accounts for around 50% of the total cost of keeping a cow....

Nutrition during gestation and fetal programming

published: October 10th 2016 by: K.A. Vonnahme source: Range Beef Cow Symposium XX

Historically, considerable efforts have been made to understand how nutrition impacts health and productivity during the postnatal period. While maternal nutrition during pregnancy plays an essential role in proper fetal and placental development, less is known about how maternal nutrition impacts the health and productivity of the offspring....

Beef Cattle Institute launches pregnancy analytics mobile app

published: October 6th 2016 by: Audrey Hambright source: Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine

The Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University is making it easier for producers and veterinarians to manage pregnancy diagnosis information with a new mobile app called Pregnancy Analytics....

Three refreshers for your replacement heifers

published: September 21st 2016 source: Purina

Shoreview, Minn. [September 21, 2016] – It’s no secret that replacement heifers are some of the most valuable animals in your herd; however, value goes hand in hand with vulnerability. With recent record-high costs to develop replacement females, it may be time to consider a refresh on your replacement heifer program....

Breeding soundness exams can prevent a financial wreck at the ranch

published: August 26th 2016 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas Agrilife Today

COLLEGE STATION — The importance of a breeding soundness exam in herd bulls can prevent costly revenue losses, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. Stan Bevers, AgriLife Extension economist in Vernon, shared the data from a large New Mexico ranch recently during the 62nd Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course in College Station....

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