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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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This time of year a variety of catalogs appear in the mailboxes of rural landowners. These catalogs have the latest offerings in seed corn, soybeans, vegetables, flowers, poultry and beef breeding stock, especially bulls.

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Synchronization programs for artificial insemination (AI) have changed a little over the years. Experience and improvements to the synchronization technology probably have modified these programs enough to where almost any outfit can adapt to a protocol, depending on time and labor resources.

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Quite a few years back, when I had ground leased in several locations, I found myself with some extra pasture. This was well before the crisis in genetic defects ever came into view on this side of the horizon. I had a friend with some registered Shorthorns who was short of feed. We got together and he shipped a load down to me and I had that extra pasture problem just go away.

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Cattle producers have known for a long time that wild cattle were probably less profitable than their calmer contemporaries, but there wasn’t a great deal of hard data to back up this suspicion.

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Delivery of a live, healthy calf is a complex process. Thankfully, in a high percentage of cattle this process proceeds uneventfully and new generations of calves are born with little or no fanfare.

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The task of raising useful seedstock comes with many hurdles. Outfits must forge a path in a competitive industry where creating the right product in the 21st century is just half the battle.

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