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In larger commercial cow-calf operations, multiple-sire breeding herds are typically used. These herds are easier to manage, with less reproductive failure risk, but more difficult to evaluate genetic improvement in your calf crop.

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Artificial insemination (A.I.) is a great way to advance herd genetics. You can access bulls offering superior traits to what a herd sire might offer and gain the ability to sire more uniform calves.

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A complete breeding soundness evaluation (BSE) for every bull, 45 to 60 days before each breeding season, is critical. It takes sperm 60 days to develop and mature.

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Countless factors tie into how successful breeding season is. But when you start digging deeper, you might find a common thread – numbers.

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There are many components to estrus synchronization protocols, so I’m not surprised when I receive a phone call with questions. To help with your next synchronization project, I’ve compiled answers to the most frequently asked questions.

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We often focus primarily on heifer and cow nutrition because it is of great importance; however, it’s also important to remember that 50% of your calf crop’s genetics come from the sire.

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