Cow / Calf Corner

Some Cows’ Infertility Linked to Y Chromosome

By Sandra Avant One reason why some cows cannot get pregnant may be because they have male (Y) chromosome fragments in their DNA, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study. Reproductive efficiency is the most economically important trait in cow-calf production. When a cow does not produce a calf, the producer does not…

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BeefTalk: Are 60 Percent Calving in First 21 Days?

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist NDSU Extension Service Just do it: Grab a pen and paper to calculate the percentage of cows calving in the first 21 days of the calving season. This is a very important number to record and think about as one develops management plans and reviews those plans. Why? The upcoming…

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Scours in Beef Calves Prevalent this Spring

By: Katie Allen  MANHATTAN, Kan. – Although many beef producers experienced more than the usual number of hypothermia cases in calves born this year due to several days of sub-zero temperatures, scours is still the No. 1 neonatal calf disease producers will fight year after year, according to K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek.   Hanzlicek, who…

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Make a record of twins

By: Glenn Selk Estimates of the percentage of beef cattle births that produce twins vary.  One estimate (Gilmore) puts the percentage at about 0.5% or 1 in every 200 births.  Approximately one-half of the sets of twins should contain both a bull and a heifer calf.    Make sure to write down these calf numbers of…

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BeetTalk: Check Those Bulls Now

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist Our thinking needs to move to the bulls in the herd because it is the time to start worrying. A bull that is not reproductively sound today more than likely will not be settling cows in June. The reproductive process in a bull is not something that can be turned…

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