How to improve AI success rate in your beef herd

Executing a successful reproductive management program for the beef herd often comes down to the details. Many things need to go right, and many things can go wrong, in terms of a beef cow becoming pregnant. Artificial insemination is not right for every beef producer, but it is becoming a more attractive and cost effective […]

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Bull Management 101 for Breeding Season Success

In today’s beef industry the margins for productivity and profitability are thin.  Herd reproduction and fertility are important for profitability to occur.  A successful breeding season hinges on nutrition, vaccination, sire selection, breeding soundness exams, and management protocols to control the length of the breeding season. Each of these contributes to a positive outcome within […]

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Is it time to consider shifting calving dates?

As the price of beef comes back down from record highs, we just have to be patient for input costs to decline by a similar amount.  . . Yeah, right, I also have a bridge to sell.    Cow/Calf enterprise data summarized by the Center for Farm Financial Management at UMN (FINBIN) shows that in 2000 […]

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Selecting Replacement Heifers Based on Birthdate and Age of Dam

Two research studies at the University of Nebraska by Dr. Rick Funston, beef reproductive physiologist at the West Central Research and Extension Center, suggest that the key information needed to identify heifers most likely to be successful as replacements is known the day the heifers are born. The 2012 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report “Effect of […]

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Managing New Herd Sires

New bulls need to be managed carefully between delivery and the start of breeding season to maximize the return on the investment in new genetics. New herd sires represent a sizeable investment to a cow/calf business. One of the major components of the cost of natural service is the number of years of useful life […]

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New Body Conditioning Fact Sheet Now Available

Fall around weaning time is a good time to body condition score your cows to help determine which cows are culled, and possibly sort them in to groups to better manage their nutritional needs over the late fall and winter months. Lyssa Seefeldt, UW Extension Ag Agent in Marquette County, and Katie Pfeiffer, former UW […]

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Monitoring Herd Performance: Beef Management & Reproduction Score Card

Written by Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist, courtesy of iGrow.org and used with permission Profit or loss in a cow/calf operation depends a great deal on the reproductive efficiency of the herd. For obvious reasons herds that have a high percentage of cows that settle early in the breeding season and deliver live calves are […]

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Considerations for Delayed Calving to Fall for Open Cows

Written by Ryan Sterry, UW Extension Ag Agent, St. Croix Co., and recently appeared in the Wisconsin Agriculturist Much of the focus for beef cattle reproduction programs is on breeding cows in a timely fashion and narrowing the range of the calving window.  There’s no getting around the fact that excessive days open, and open […]

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2015 Beef Cow Synchronization Protocols

Written by: Robin Salvorson, South Dakota State University Beef Cow-Calf Specialist, and used with permission. Originally appeared on SDSU’s igrow.org website. The Beef Reproduction Task Force composed of representatives of the AI and pharmaceutical companies, veterinarians and reproduction specialists have developed based on research data and field use a list of recommended synchronization protocols for […]

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First-Calf Beef Heifers Can Benefit from a Little TLC

Written by Aerica Bjurstrom, UW Extension Ag Agent- Kewaunee County, article recently appeared in the Wisconsin Agriculturist Calving season will soon be in full swing in many Wisconsin beef herds, and with that comes a list of challenges to manage. One challenge you can head off at the pass is managing your first-calf heifers. First-calf […]

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