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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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For most cattle producers, culling cows is not an easy task. However, some culling needs to be done each year to maintain optimal productivity.

Records on each cow’s yearly production would be beneficial when making culling decisions, but collecting information when cows are processed provides a good start.

Cattlemen should make it a point to evaluate all breeding females at least once a year. Weaning is likely the most convenient time to do this evaluation.

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Beef quantity and quality importance are on the rise.

Feedlots, packing plants and end consumers are demanding higher-quality meat, which means there is a need for more efficient feeder calves.

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As cattle producers adjust their herd management strategies to reflect current market changes, many ranchers are turning to DNA technology to mitigate risk and take the guesswork out of important selection, breeding and marketing decisions.

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More than 80 percent of producers in North Dakota likely had bulls actively breeding cows on their pastures on Aug. 1 (summary data from the PregCard project, The Research Corner; The Ranch Hand, November 2012).

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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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