Cow / Calf Corner

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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BeefTalk: Now is the Season of Bull Buyers and Sellers

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist The bull-buying season certainly is here, and I hope those who need some good replacement bulls are busy shopping. Like a good ice pond with way too many ice houses loaded with fishermen, who gets the fish (in this case, the bull) takes luck and good planning. To start, for…

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Beef producers learn finer points of bull selection at workshop

By: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259,  COLLEGE STATION – Purchasing a bull can be a difficult and sometimes expensive proposition for a beef cattle producer. However, ranchers got an inside look at how to overcome some of these challenges at a recent workshop held in College Station by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. “We have…

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BeefTalk: Buy Bulls Based on Data Not Pictures

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist There certainly is no shortage of bull pictures. Have you ever wondered just how many bull pictures can be printed in one magazine? A lot, and despite the added color and enhanced graphics, bulls still look like bulls. Yes, there are some subtle differences. To the trained eye, those differences…

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Economic analysis favors use of reproductive technologies

By: John Rodgers, DVM, MS, Cattle and Equine Technical Services, Pfizer Animal Health A new study shows the economic benefit of utilizing estrous synchronization (ES) and timed artificial insemination (TAI) can be up to $49.14* per cow.1 The study is the first of its kind to quantify the financial outcomes of using these technologies to increase…

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