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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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Being prepared before the start of the calving season to assist with difficult births can improve calf survival. It is good to review the stages of parturition and when intervention should occur.

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Beef producers looking to increase their cow herd should evaluate the payoff when deciding between buying heifers and cows.

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As cattlemen, we are now replacing the cow herd to bring it back to our normal “comfort zone of production” after herd reduction resulting from years of forage loss due to wildfire and drought.

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Although the recent slip in calf prices may require cow-calf producers to sell more heifer calves than planned and forgo herd expansion, many producers will still keep a significant percentage of replacement females in order to maintain herd inventory.

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At the time of writing this article, many areas of the U.S. are experiencing a rebuilding phase in the cow-calf sector.

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Calf prices have steadily increased for several years. Since spring 2014, replacement female prices have remained at record levels as well. It is only reasonable that bull prices would follow the trend.

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