Cow / Calf Corner

Realistic expectations for estrus synchronization and AI programs

By : Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Producers that are wanting to improve the genetic makeup of their beef herds very often turn to artificial insemination (AI) as a tool to accomplish that goal.  Many times, these producers have very high expectations as they begin the first season of artificial breeding. …

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Minimizing Synchronization Costs

By : Olivia Amundson, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist, Courtesy of extension.sdstate.edu With the word, “uncertainty” looming in many of our heads, it’s a prime time to consider strategic management approaches to maintain an operation’s bottom line. With calving season quickly coming to an end and breeding season right around the corner, it’s time to…

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The Domino Effect: How Cattle Nutrition and Breeding Are Linked

By : Ron Scott, Ph.D., Director, Beef Technical Innovation, Courtesy of purinamils.com If you’ve ever set up dominoes, you know that when one domino falls, the rest follow suit. Similarly, your cattle nutrition program can set off a chain reaction affecting your breeding program. A cow with poor nutrition might take longer to breed back,…

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Planning Your Calf Vaccination Program, via Zoom

Carri Jagger and the Morrow County OSU Extension office have invited you to attend a ‘virtual program’ on May 13 entitled, Planning Your Calf Vaccination Program. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., Alissa Wilhelm, DVM, will cover the vaccinations that calves should be receiving to ensure a healthy start to life. Dr. Wilhelm is an Assistant Professor for…

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Cow with better body condition has stronger calving process

Writer: Dr. Joe Paschal, Courtesy of Texas A & M University Agriculture & Life Sciences This cow has a body condition score of 6, meaning she is ideal. All ribs are covered, and her hooks and pins are becoming rounded. Photo provided by Joe Paschal. Under normal grazing conditions, cows carrying more body fat are…

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