Cow / Calf Corner

AgriLife Extension expert: Soundness exams, genetic testing improve herd performance

By: Kay Ledbetter AMARILLO – The value of a herd bull is determined not just by his genetic merit, but also by the number of calves he may or may not sire, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. Ranchers can benefit by having annual breeding soundness exams on all herd bulls, according…

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Study your lesson before calving season begins

Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist One popular industry publication listed an Oklahoma State University Extension Bulletin as one of 6 most important pieces of equipment needed for producers during the calving season.  The bulletin mentioned was Oklahoma State University Extension Circular E-1006, “Calving Time Management for Beef Cows and Heifers”.  This…

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The 3 stages of parturition

Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist As the spring calving season approaches, an increased understanding of the parturition process is helpful.  The more we understand about the physiology of the process, the more likely we are to make sound decisions about providing assistance.  Parturition or “calving” is generally considered to occur in…

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When do we intervene and assist a cow or heifer in labor?

Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Before the spring calving season commences, now is the time to put together and post a protocol for family members and hired employees to follow when they find a cow or heifer starting in the process of calving.  An issue facing the rancher at calving time,…

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Cow-calf producers: Plan beyond 2015 to figure out what to do in 2015

Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist The euphoria of high cattle prices in 2014 leads, for some cow-calf producers, to uneasiness and indecision in 2015.  The question is how to best take advantage of the current market.  The answer to that depends on several factors including; 1) The current status of…

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