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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.

Be prepared for more open cows

published: September 2nd 2022 by: Dr Les Anderson source: University of Kentucky

Shew, it’s been a rough summer. On top of high fuel costs, current inflation and high input costs, beef producers have had to deal with drought and extreme heat. Heat stress is normal for cattle in summer but it may cause some serious issues with pregnancy rates and calving rates....

How valuable is a BSE?

published: July 29th 2022 source: University of Nebraska

  We may be finishing the calving season, but it is never too early to be thinking about the breeding season. With the breeding season comes getting those bulls scheduled for their breeding soundness exam (BSE) and ensuring your bull battery are satisfactory breeders....

Merck Animal Health gives $500,000 to support facility, tech innovation

published: May 18th 2022 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife Today

The Texas A&M Department of Animal Science’s new $9.9-million Reproduction and Biotechnology Center has received a $500,000 donation from Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health, a division of Merck & Co....

Cattle reproduction workshop in Campbellton set May 9

published: April 28th 2022 by: Susan Himes source: Texas AgriLife Today

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host the annual Multi-County Reproduction Management Workshopon May 9 at the Tom Brothers Ranch, 770 County Road 412 in Campbellton.   The event is put on by the AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agents of Atascosa, Wilson, Bexar, Frio, Live Oak, McMullen and Medina counties....

Why invest in pregnancy determination?

published: April 18th 2022 by: Andrew Griffith source: University of Tennessee

A recent question that crossed my path was, what is the biggest cost in a cow-calf operation? The typical answer is the cost of feeding animals including pasture, hay and supplemental feed. However, this question that has been asked several times throughout my years, made me do a little more thinking....

Colostrum 101

published: April 15th 2022 by: Lindsay Waechter-Mead, DVM source: Nebraska Extension

The number of calves in North America that fail to receive adequate colos-trum ranges from 11%-31%.  This article will re-view key points on colos-trum management to ensure calves are set up for success from the beginning of life....

Calving Distribution Affects Herd Health

published: February 24th 2022 by: Olivia Amundson source: Igrow

  Preparing for calving season is always a busy time of year. Depending on the time of year cows start calving will determine what type of preparations and facilities are needed. Nonetheless, cows calving within a defined calving period allow those preparations to be more focused on labor and management....

Artificial insemination with a small beef herd

published: February 18th 2022 by: Dean Kreager source: OSU

With only 10% of beef herds in the United States utilizing Artificial Insemi-nation (A.I.), from time to time, the discussion arises on whether it is worth doing on small beef farms.  In some situations, this is an easy answer while in other situations it is not so clear cut....

Are you ready for calving season?

published: February 11th 2022 by: Dr. Rosslyn Biggs source: Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Ready or not, calving season is just around the corner. Preparing in advance positions producers to successfully and immediately address the needs of the cow and the calf. Before Delivery Evaluate potential calving locations....

Cattle reproduction: instant coffee isn’t Instant

published: January 10th 2022 by: Dr. Justin Rhinehart source: University of Tennessee

The old truism goes “there’s no such thing as a free lunch.” That is certainly true, but the thing that makes it true is that the cost of producing something does not depend on what the end user or current owner paid for it....

Benefits to a controlled breeding season

published: October 29th 2021 source: Louisiana State University

When you think of a breeding season, you think of the time that you turn the bull out to the time you remove the bull from your herd. Now, if you never pull your bulls away from your cows do you consider that a “controlled breeding season” household income....

Heifer development beginning at weaning

published: October 5th 2021 by: Steve Boyles source: OSU Extension Beef Specialist

HEIFER SELECTION:  Heifers can be sold at weaning or anytime thereafter.  Select at least 20% excess and continue growing the heifers until breeding.  A second selection at yearling age is helpful....

Open heifer options – making lemonade out of lemons

published: September 10th 2021 by: Kevin Laurent source: University of Kentucky Extension

  September82021 There are many events or moments throughout the year that we as beef producers look forward to with great anticipation, excitement and frankly some degree of worry. It could be the daily checks during calving season or finding out your pay weight and price for a load of yearlings you delivered to the sale barn....

Borrowing boys: Is it safe to lease bulls?

published: August 6th 2021 by: Dr. Meredyth Jones source: Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine

As breeding season approaches for many livestock species, the idea of leasing males arises. Importing genetics to improve a herd or flock and maintain hybrid vigor, without the purchase and maintenance of a male, is a very attractive idea, especially to smaller producers....

Early pregnancy detection

published: August 4th 2021 by: Aaron Berger source: University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Early pregnancy detection in replacement heifers or cows is a tool producers can use to increase profit. Traditionally, cows and replacement heifers are pregnancy tested in the fall of the year and then non-pregnant cows and cull cows are marketed at that time....

Selecting an optimum breeding season length

published: April 27th 2021 by: Joslyn Beard, Livestock Specialist, Univ source: University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Decisions in livestock production are never simple, but rather complex. Each decision or change in management results in multiple changes or outcomes downstream of the resulting change. One example of this would be changing breeding season length....

First feeding for the future

published: April 8th 2021 by: Dr. Rosslyn Biggs source: Oklahoma State University Ag Communications Service

Every calf represents a large investment. The first few hours of a calf’s life can determine whether that newborn thrives into adulthood. Feeding for a calf’s future health begins with colostrum, which contains the building blocks for long-term productivity....

Managing postpartum anestrus in beef cows for a successful breeding season

published: April 2nd 2021 by: Kacie McCarthyUniversity of Nebraska-Lin

As calving season is happening for many producers, we need to start thinking about how to manage cows during the early postpartum phase for a successful breeding season. Due to calving distribution, one thing to worry about is late calving cows and how limited breeding season lengths can be challenging for them....

Pay attention to calving distribution

published: April 2nd 2021 by: Igrow

Producers may be knee-deep in calving, or for others it is just around the corner. However, this is a good time to start thinking about the upcoming breeding season and subsequent calving season. The current calving season provides an opportunity to decide if the current calving situation is working well, or if management changes are needed to achieve the desired calving season....

Taking the bull from the sale ring or winter storage to the breeding pasture

published: April 2nd 2021 by: Dr. Stephen Boyles source: Ohio State University

Bulls need to be transitioned from their winter diet to grass carefully before turn out.     Recently we discussed the value in having a bull that’s passed a breeding soundness exam(BSE) and is ready to go to work when called upon....

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