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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.

Keeping cows bred in summer heat

published: July 8th 2019 source: VitaFerm

The summer heat can zap your energy faster than you can rattle off your favorite cow’s pedigree. A typical day of work will make most people tired but add in extreme heat and humidity and sometimes surviving feels like a job in itself....

Enhancing cow fertility

published: June 5th 2019 by: Courtnie Carter source: University of Tennessee

The secret to enhancing fertility in your cow herd is not a new or ground-breaking technology, and it is not difficult to implement. It really is not a secret at all, but it does take commitment to a process, minimal investments of time and labor, and a willingness to potentially take an economic loss now in order to minimize more substantial losses in the future....

AgriLife Research scientists investigate mysteries of puberty in young female cattle

published: May 14th 2019 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas AgriLife Today

BEEVILLE – Uncovering the mysteries of puberty in young female cattle has been the focal point of career research for Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists Drs. Gary Williams and Rodolfo Cardoso....

Test can determine if bull is ready for breeding season

published: April 29th 2019 source: Kansas Beef Extension

  MANHATTAN, Kan. – This time of year, A.J. Tarpoff enjoys warmer temperatures and green grass just as much as the next guy, but you might cut him a little slack if he thinks a bit differently about the onset of spring-like weather....

Getting cows to breed back quickly

published: April 4th 2019 by: Travis Meteer source: University of Illinois Extension

This winter was brutal. Weather events, poor conditions, and hay shortages have resulted in some cows that will need extra attention prior to and during breeding season. After a hard winter, it would be salt in the wound to have cows breed late and fall out of your calving season....

Diagnosing causes of reproductive losses

published: February 26th 2019 by: Taylor Grussing source: Igrow

Reproductive losses account for $1 billion dollars in lost revenue to the beef industry each year. All the way from conception to birth, we depend on a lot of things to go right, whether we are talking about natural or artificial breeding programs....

Bull selection guide

published: February 18th 2019 by: Grady Ruble source: Igrow

Bull sale season is upon us and those who are in the market for a new herd sire face a choice that will impact their herd for many years. Considering the number of bull sales, catalogs, and an ever-growing amount of performance information one must wade through, identifying the bull you wish to purchase can be the majority of the battle....

Trouble shooting poor pregnancy rates

published: November 27th 2018 by: Sandy Johnson source: Kansas Beef Extension

From time to time, you hear through the grapevine that someone’s herd had an unusually high number of open cows at fall preg check time.  That is when you wipe your brow and say “glad that didn’t happen to my herd”!   In some cases, the poor reproductive response is isolated to a particular pasture, bull or age/management group and the origin of the problem may be easier to find....

Bull buying guide

published: October 22nd 2018 source: University of Georgia

Fall sale season is now in full swing, and Georgia cattlemen have numerous options to choose from in the current bull market.  So, it seems logical to devote this article to a review of some of the basic principles of bull shopping....

Cows heat stressed after breeding may have unseen pregnancy losses

published: September 11th 2018 by: Duane Dailey source: University of Missouri Extension

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Prolonged heat stress this year may bring a smaller calf crop next year. Herd owners are seeing cows known to be pregnant coming back into heat to be rebred. Pregnancy losses are due to several reasons, says Scott Poock, University of Missouri Extension veterinarian....

Analyzying pregnancy diagnosis

published: September 6th 2018 by: Ky Pohler source: Texas A&M University

Pregnancy diagnosis. Producers need to find a method that works for them. When do cows experience pregnancy loss? 95% of time fertilization occurs. By day 28, pregnancy has dropped to 70%, a 25% loss of pregnancies....

Managing early pregnancies in heifer calves

published: August 24th 2018 by: Dr. Justin Rhinehart source: University of Tennessee Extension

The main objective in developing replacement heifers is to have them reach puberty well before the first breeding season. Having gone through several estrous cycles improves their chances of becoming pregnant in the first 20 days of that breeding season – on the first day if estrus synchronization and timed artificial insemination are used – and delivering a live calf in the first 30 days of their first calving season....

The value of pregnancy testing

published: August 10th 2018 by: Joe C. Paschal source: ICA of Texas

The last National Ani-mal Health Monitoring Survey conducted by USDA reported that only about 15% of U.S. beef cattle producers regularly pregnancy test their cows after the breeding season ends. Pregnancy testing is relatively inexpensive, identifies open or unbred cows, can increase the percent of weaned calves and increases profitability by removing unproductive cows....

Calving Book technology

published: July 14th 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....

Texas Trichomoniasis Program testing protocols updated

published: July 13th 2018 by: Terry Hensely, MS DVM source: Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory

The Texas Trichomoniasis Program has entered its 10th year and considerable progress has been made in its initial years, but much is left to accomplish. The program is administered by the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) with testing conducted by the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL)....

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” (https://go.unl.edu/f2q9) 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....

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