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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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“As we continue to do PAP testing, there are also research groups here at CSU and at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee who continue to look at genetic aspects,” Dr. Tim Holt says. “This is promising, and we hope to be able to use a blood test in the near future to check for genetic susceptibility."

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It is a common misconception that congestive heart failure in cattle is a disease unique to high altitude, according to researchers from Colorado State University and Texas Tech University.

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If you could keep an exact copy of your most valuable bull or elite cow, would you? Let’s say your top-producing animal died tomorrow: Would you shed a few tears and conjure up a few cuss words, or would you simply redeem the animal’s cell line and produce another?

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Embryo transfer (ET) is the process of removing one or more embryos (fertilized eggs) from the reproductive tract of a donor female and transferring them to one or more recipient female.

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Over the last three-decade to four-decade period, the beef industry has witnessed marked changes in a number of economically important traits. Many of the changes that have occurred are due to improvements in phenotypic evaluation and reporting, and in the implementation and use of genetic selection tools such as expected progeny differences (EPDs).

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The winter and spring bull sale season is well under way. For many cow-calf producers, this is when catalogs are studied and sales are attended, with the focus being on the purchase of their next herd sires.

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