Cow / Calf Corner

The Process of Artificially Inseminating a Cow

By : Clif Little, OSU Extension Guernsey County What are some logical steps in utilizing artificial insemination (AI) on the farm?  We will assume cows and heifers are good candidates for a synchronization program.  However, months prior to AI implementation review the desired cow and heifer physiological condition and factors that influence response to AI. …

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Forage management and cow size

By : Steve Boyles, OSU Beef Extension Specialist Increased Hay Production per Cow: The increased use of the round baler and other hay production technologies since the early and mid-1970s (Van Keuren, OARDC –  The History of the Development of the Large Round Bale) has lowered the labor requirement and increased the convenience of hay production.…

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Male Reproductive Traits and Their Heritabilities in Beef Cattle

By : K. M. Cammack M. G. Thomas and R. M. Enns, published in The Professional Animal Scientist 25 ( 2009 ):517–528, and condensed from the original manuscript by Steve Boyles, OSU Beef Extension Specialist Male Reproductive MeasuresMeasures of fertility need to be considered not only in the female, but also in the male. Natural service…

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Options for Reducing Stocking Rates Due to Dry Conditions

By : Aaron Berger, Nebraska Extension Beef EducatorJack Arterburn, Nebraska Extension Educator, Beef Systems Proactive planning for drought conditions, including establishment of key dates when actions will be taken if specific precipitation amounts have not been received, is important for making timely management decisions. Photo credit Troy Walz. Drought conditions are persisting in Wyoming, Colorado…

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Concern Over Poor Quality Livestock Water

Courtesy of BROOKINGS, S.D. – South Dakota Livestock producers are encouraged to test their water sources as poor quality water is leading to blindness in some herds. “Livestock water samples from northwestern South Dakota have already indicated high levels of total salts,” said Robin Salverson, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist.High levels of sulfates in the…

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