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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 make progress in the field of animal breeding and selection, many “new” technologies surface.

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Pregnancy testing of beef cows is generally done by rectal palpation, but many veterinarians also use ultrasound.

The newest techniques include extension-arm ultrasound (a probe that doesn’t have to be taken into the rectum by hand or arm) and blood tests.

Both of these technologies are easier on the person doing the testing – and the blood samples can be taken by the rancher.

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The fall calving season will soon be underway on many Oklahoma and Southern Plains ranches. Before the first heifer starts in labor, now would be a good time to make the appropriate preparations for the upcoming calving season.

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Several research trials have been conducted throughout the years looking at the effect of high temperatures on bull fertility.

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Crossbreeding is a tool the forefathers of ranching knew they needed to take advantage of to make a better beef animal.

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A goal of many cattlemen is to maximize the genetic potential of their animals and tailor them to their production environment.

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