Cow / Calf Corner

BeefTalk: The Cow Business is Very Positive

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist The cow-calf business continues to see positive returns, according to the North Dakota Farm Management Program ( Although 2009 was not a great year for beef producers, 2010 was and 2011 was even better. The majority of cow-calf enterprises are experiencing good economic times. However, there still are producers who…

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One-step upgrade in calves

Some cows are better suited to their environment than to pleasing beef consumers. Their owners can still use high-value Angus genetics as a terminal cross in those herds, to help themselves and the entire beef supply chain. That’s according to two years of results from the Southern Carcass Improvement Project (SCIP), as presented by an…

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More peer-reviewed research shows negative effects of modified-live vaccines on reproductive success

New study evaluates the effects of vaccine type on reproductive performance when used in A.I. protocols Modified-live vaccines resulted in lower pregnancy success rates and greater percentage of abnormal estrous cycles Estrogen concentrations and conception rates higher among naïve heifers given inactivated vaccines   Greensboro, NC February 7, 2013 – A study published in the…

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Beef producers weigh options on buying replacement cattle

By: Blair Fannin WACO – A 32 percent decline in Texas beef cattle has many pointing to drought as the main culprit, but there are other factors that have chipped away at inventory l evels over the past couple of years, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. Stan Bevers told beef producers…

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Signs of Impending Calving in Cows or Heifers

By: Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist As the spring calving season begins, the cows will show typical signs that will indicate parturition is imminent.  Changes that are gradually seen are udder development, or making bag and the relaxation and swelling of the vulva.  These indicate the cow is due to calve…

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