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Content by Taylor Grussing

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Using Estrous Synchronization in Natural-Service Breeding Situations

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.

A group of black angus cows grazing in a late spring field.

Defining a Breeding Season

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.

Round hay bales wrapped with net wrap in a stack.

How Will You Make Hay This Year?

With plenty of spring moisture, hay season will be here before you know it. Have you considered the type of binding material you will use to put up hay this year?

A group of red and black heifers standing behind a barbed-wire fence.

SDSU Extension Heifer Development Webinar Series 2019

February 28, 2019

SDSU Extension’s Fifth Annual Heifer Development Webinar Series begins March 15, 2019.

ranchers observing cattle in late winter pasture

Reproductive Losses in Beef Cattle: Diagnosing the Cause

With cattle reproduction, focusing on what we can control and diagnose is the key to avoiding further losses within a herd.

Small group of heifers grazing

Targeted Feeding for Heifer Development

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.

 several cattlemen on horseback moving a herd of cattle at pasture

Cow Share Agreements

Getting started in the cattle business can be tricky for beginning cattlemen due to the amount of capital investment needed upfront.

cattle out on a snowy white day

Cold Weather Challenges

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.

Sun rising over a ranch during winter.

New Year Resolutions for Cow/Calf Operations

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.

A group of red and black heifers standing behind a barbed-wire fence.

Heifer Selection and Genomics

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.