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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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In January, Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) launched two foot score research expected progeny differences (EPDs):

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To have easy-to-handle cows, set the stage with proper training when they are young. Working with heifers is similar to training a young horse; you want their first experiences with people to be good and not give them any reason to fear or mistrust people.

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What exactly are expected progeny differences (EPDs) and what information do they really offer producers? Genetic specialists Alison Van Eenennam from the University of California – Davis and Matt Spangler from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln teamed up for the first of four webinars focused on beef genetics that were sponsored by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and eBEEF team.

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Colorado rancher Kit Pharo guesses his cow herds have gone at least two decades without fly or worm treatment.

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While calving season is still in full swing in some states, planning for a successful breeding season should be in the back of our minds. The use of estrous synchronization in beef cattle production is often linked directly to artificial insemination (A.I.). However, one of the most valuable benefits from A.I. has nothing to do with A.I. itself, but actually comes from the estrous synchronization programs.

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You hear more about mature cow size and growth potential of calves, now that profit ebbs and flows with the cycle. We’ve written about mature size, but not much about how to use the relevant tools to change it. So now, let’s examine the strategies and tools available, and the unintended consequences of ignoring them.

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