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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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If you are considering incorporating artificial insemination (A.I.) into your cattle breeding program, you may be wondering what supplies you will need and how to get started.

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As a producer, you strategize your mating decisions with expected progeny differences (EPDs), genomics, feed efficiency databases and years of production history to meticulously accelerate your herd as though you are calculating chess piece movements across a board.

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When it comes to a cattle operation’s profitability and efficiency, reproductive life is one of the most important metrics for a brood cow. A continuous calving program with timely rebreeding contributes to a better cash flow and easier management.

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Sometimes accidents of gestation or other factors terminate pregnancy.

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The drought of 2021 hit Western beef operations particularly hard. Reports from the field indicate pregnancy rates last fall were 3% to 10% lower than normal with scattered reports of greater reductions in pregnancy rates.

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Do you read reproductive or animal health questions posted on some Facebook pages? Someone is disappointed in calf health or herd reproduction and asks something along the lines of “Why did our cows not breed back very well this year?”

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