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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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Four years ago, Oklahoma rancher Tom Watkins bought his first genomically tested bull. With one look at the numbers from the 12-month-old bull’s genomically enhanced expected progeny differences, or GE-EPDs, Watkins knew he had come across something good.

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Beef cattle, as well as other types of livestock, are extremely important for feeding an ever-growing world population. A majority of the world is untillable land lending itself to livestock production.

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If you’re like most commercial beef producers, you probably left this year’s bull sale feeling a little sick to your stomach. Not only were bull prices outrageously high, but now you have to turn the animal out and pray he doesn’t break a leg or turn up positive for trichomoniasis later on.

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Reproductive performance is one of the most critical points which is highly correlated with sufficient production in cattle enterprises. Market demands and the need for efficiency increase the need for a high, predicted and uniform calf crop.

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For some Oklahoma cow-calf operations, the bulls go into the breeding pasture with replacement heifers in mid-April. As the bulls are being removed from the replacement heifers in two months, this would be an ideal time to call and make arrangements with your local veterinarian to have those heifers evaluated for pregnancy after another 60 days.

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As cattle evolved over the centuries, so did technology. No longer are cattle relying solely upon their genetic resistance to survive. Instead, technological approaches have been made to improve production in cattle.

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