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Genetic gain in the beef industry – Southern Multi-breed Project
University of New England (UNE) animal scientists will play a vital role in a multi-million-dollar collaborative research project that will help drive the rate and value of genetic progress in individual beef cattle herds and the beef industry as a whole. ...
Do beef cattle frame scores need updating?
I heard a seedstock breeder recently quip, “my father used to say, ‘don’t make too many breeding mistakes, because a lifetime may not be long enough if you do’.” If we are not keenly aware of the rapid speed of genetic change occurring within...
Genome technology is blueprint to more productive herds
Genome technology has unlocked new cattle breeding methods which could improve fertility and lead to increases in profitability, sustainability and productivity....
Pregnancy checking replacement heifers helps protect investment
Cattle producers who breed spring-calving replacement heifers about a month ahead of mature cows need to determine which heifers failed to conceive in their first breeding season, according to Oklahoma State University recommendations....
Herd sire selection requires preparation
Cattle producers may be feeling they’re back in school again, given the amount of homework required to determine what they need in a new herd sire....
Understanding parturition a risk management tool for cow-calf operations
A review of the stages of parturition can help lessen anxieties of cow-calf operators and protect producer investment in their animals during the upcoming calving season, said Oklahoma State University Extension experts....
Herd health programs support healthy cattle markets
Cow-calf producers have embraced management strategies that make their livestock a better value to the rest of the U.S. beef cattle industry, but Bovine Respiratory Disease continues to be an area where improvement is needed....
Buying Power: Bull Selection To Improve Your Bottom Line
If it hasn’t happened already, soon your mailboxes and inboxes will be filling up with catalogues for this year’s bull sales....
Caring for bulls during the breeding season
Just as an athlete can experience an injury in competition, so too can a bull when he is turned out in a breeding pasture where his athleticism is going to be tested....
Hill-Climbing Cows May Help Rangeland Sustainability
Most of the 5 million cattle that graze on California’s rangelands like to dine in the valleys and hang out by creeks....
Trichomoniasis Management Helps Increase Calving Rates
Reports by producers of a high incidence of abortions and low pregnancy rates in beef cattle herds in Chihuahua led researchers at Autonomous University of Chihuahua in Mexico to uncover the root cause of the problem, writes Ivan Leyva-Baca, DVM, PhD,...
Motivating Cattle Employees Through Respecting Psychological Needs
As well as negative and positive reinforcement, a packing company figurehead recommends five simple steps to motivating staff for efficient work. ...
Don't Forget Early Gestation: The Importance of Nutrition to Programming Calves
Early gestation nutrition is critical in setting up calves for a productive life, according to this research summary by Canada's Ontario ministry of agriculture, food and rural affairs team. ...
Tips for Managing New Bulls After Purchase
The purchase of a bull represents a major investment and regardless of price, the purchasing farmer invests trust and faith in the bull. So how can farmers ensure the bull lives up to these expectations?...
Trace Mineral Injections Did Not Improve Sperm Quality
Sperm quality of yearling bulls was not improved by injectable trace minerals, according to a Kansas State University study. ...
 
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