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Understanding Estrous Synchronization of Cattle

Updated October 27, 2020
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Robin Salverson

SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist

Reproductive failure is a major source of economic loss in the beef industry. The majority of this loss occurs because cows do not become pregnant during a defined breeding season.

You can give cows an additional chance to become pregnant during a defined breeding season by using estrous synchronization. Synchronizing estrus is simply manipulating the bovine estrous cycle to cause the majority of cows to show standing estrus around the same time.