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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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We have an abundance of cattle breeds in the U.S. Often it is easier to speak of them as types based on their country or region of origin and their similarities of original or current use.

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Winter feeding for cattle is the single highest cost in an annual beef producer’s budget, so it is important to try and be cost-efficient during this time.

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Producers have a significant investment in replacement heifers. Up to the point a female is bred the first time, the investment is nearly $2,000. By the time a female weans her first calf, the investment increases to nearly $3,000.

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Using hormone-based protocols to synchronize estrus and ovulation in combination with fixed-time A.I. (no heat detection) has become increasingly popular in the commercial beef industry.

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Dystocia (calving difficulty) contributes heavily to losses in the production and profitability of beef cow-calf herds.

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A.I. offers the opportunity to use semen from high-accuracy, genetically superior sires at a fraction of the cost of purchasing a herd bull of similar genetics. In addition, using estrus synchronization and A.I. can increase the number of calves born earlier in the calving season and increase weaning weights of calves.

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