Cow / Calf Corner
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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