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Reproduction

From the earliest genetic decisions to the final protocols for calving, discover the best information to improve your herd’s reproductive performance.

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Cow weight has become an incredibly popular topic of conversation. It is not uncommon to hear discussion of how “efficient” a cow herd is because it is made up of lightweight cows.

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Sometimes we all inherit the consequences of decisions in which we had no input. We recently took over management of a ranch, and this calving season we are subject to the consequences of breeding decisions that were made before our arrival.

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Reproduction is arguably the most important economic driver of your farm or ranch. A common benchmark for tracking reproduction in a herd is calving interval – the length of time between the birth of one calf and subsequent birth of the next from the same cow.

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As calving season starts heating up in spring-calving herds across the U.S., livestock producers should start planning for the breeding season and managing the postpartum interval, which would be the time frame from calving to the resumption of estrus.

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One of the most consequential decisions commercial operations make is sire selection. Whether purchasing a bull or choosing an A.I. sire, the decision has a multigenerational impact on an operation.

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Have you ever sat down and figured out what it costs to breed a cow? It might seem like an easy number to calculate, since we can add up all of our natural service bull purchases and subtract out the salvage value of any bulls sold.

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