Estrous synchronization is typically associated with artificial insemination (AI) programs, and is therefore often viewed as impractical or impossible to use within natural-service herds.
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Despite the continued slow planting conditions, breeding season is here for cow/calf operations. Many folks have considered moving the calving season in order to avoid the recent annual April blizzard in the Upper Midwest.
Heifer development starts with proper whole-herd nutrition year round. Reviewing the basics of heifer development starting with post-weaning selection and development is a good place to start.
Cattle producers are about to embark on a week of record low temperatures across the Upper Midwest. Even cattlemen who have experience calving in these conditions may benefit from a review of preparation recommendations as calving season continues this week.
Happy New Year! Now is a good time to evaluate the year past and make new resolutions and goals for 2019. This usually begins by finding records from the last 12 months, whether that’s in the Red Book or on a scratch pad in the tractor.
Weaning is done and calves are hopefully getting settled into backgrounding yards. Now is the time to select replacement heifers and start them on a development plan that aligns with female management and breeding goals.