Beef Herd Management

Angus bull on pasture

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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The Importance of Synchronization Compliance

Female nutrition, working facilities and even the weather can have a significant impact on the success of a synchronization program. While some of those factors can be controlled by the producer, others cannot. One of the biggest factors in determining the success of a synchronization program, however, can be controlled entirely by you. That factor …

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Seven Suggestions to Set Calves Up for Top Performance

In the cow/calf business, fall profits depend heavily on decisions producers make in the spring for both cows and calves. Keeping calves healthy and prepared for top marketing programs, as well as getting cows rebred, are universal keys to ranching success. Here are seven springtime management suggestions from Kevin Hill, D.V.M, Technical Services Manager at …

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