Beef Herd Management

Stockmanship is key during A.I. breeding projects

After making the progressive decision to implement artificial insemination (A.I.) into your herd, there is one big word to focus on: Stockmanship Stockmanship is the knowledgeable and skillful handling of livestock in a safe, efficient, effective and low stress manner (Stockmanship Journal). While it’s important to practice good stockmanship skills whenever handling cattle, it’s especially …

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What Are EPDs and Why Should We Use Them?

Expected Progeny Difference, or EPD, is the prediction of how future progeny of each animal is expected to perform relative to the progeny of other animals within the same breed. The EPD is calculated using information submitted to the breed association. This information includes pedigree, actual performance data (weights) of the individual, performance information submitted …

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Understanding the Effects of Stress on Embryonic Mortality

Embryonic loss is the greatest economic loss in the beef cow/calf industry. Therefore, your management decisions around breeding time should consider factors that may influence embryonic mortality and calf survivability, including timing of animal transport as well as heat stress. In this article, Sarah Fields, a previous Graduate Research Assistant in Beef Production, and Dr. …

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The Cost of Days Open

People often ask how much it costs to use artificial insemination (A.I.), specifically compared to natural service. It is easy to put a pencil to paper and figure out exactly how much an A.I. pregnancy will cost compared to a natural service pregnancy. However, we should be looking at the reproductive equation from another angle. …

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