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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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Beef herd owners would be shocked to learn they’d lost 25 percent of cow pregnancies in two weeks. It happens all the time. And owners never know it.

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Reproductive strategies help Texas cattleman build profitable herd

Davis Green started 7 Bar Longhorns in 2006 with two cows and two big goals: long horns and impressive genetics.

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A Missouri beef cow producer called the University of Missouri Extension this spring when he lost seven of nine calves born to first-calf heifers due to calving difficulties. Eldon Cole, a University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist with more than 40 years of experience, agreed to make a farm visit to help determine the problem.

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Short-term calf removal is the term that describes the temporary physical separation of the calf from its mother. This removes the nursing stimulus from the cow for about two days.

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Cattle producers typically wean replacement heifers at 7 months old and raise them with limited nutritional input before their first breeding.

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With the cost of inputs rising, it is becoming increasingly harder for cattlemen to receive an adequate return on investment.

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