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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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Most bodily functions are controlled by the endocrine system, which uses chemicals and hormones (chemical messengers) that are released into the bloodstream from glands.

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Is two better than one? Or is calving twins double the trouble?

Whatever the case, raising twins or multiple calves can bring a whole new set of challenges to an operation.

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For some the “spring” calving season is upon them, although the calendar still says it is winter. For others, the start of the spring calving season is still several months away. The value of calves under current market conditions is amazing, with baby calves bringing close to the same amount of dollars today a weaned calf would bring just five years ago.

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The most expensive health problem facing the cattle industry is bovine respiratory disease (BRD), or shipping fever.

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Birthweight is an important indicator of calf survivability, according to David R. Smith of Mississippi State University. “Both heavy and light (compared to normal) newborn calves are more likely to have complications during or shortly after birth.”

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Harvest is that special time of year where you get to reap the benefits of a year’s worth of work. So what does that have to do with calving cows?

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