Properly managing donors and recipients will make for a successful embryo transfer program.
Heather Smith Thomas
In today’s cattle industry, there are more and more purebred breeders using embryo transfer (ET) in their herds. ET has been a part of bovine reproduction options now for more than 50 years. An embryologist at Colorado Genetics Inc. in Loveland, Colo., Darrel DeGrofft, DVM, says the first ET calf was born in 1951.
Assisted reproductive technologies help deliver high-quality genetics.
Sometimes what seems like science fiction can actually help shape the future of technology. Star Trek and James Bond movies had new-fangled wrist communicators, and now several companies offer “smart watches,” which can receive and send phone calls, text messages and emails. . Cloning was a far off idea, but Dolly the sheep made animal cloning a reality in the mid-1990s. With the cow herd in a rebuilding phase, technology could be the key to quicker generation intervals and increased access to higherquality genetics.
Managing New Herd Sires
New bulls need to be managed carefully between delivery and the start of breeding season to maximize the return on the investment in new genetics. New herd sires represent a sizeable investment to a cow/calf business. One of the major components of the cost of natural service is the number of years of useful life of the herd sires. Greater lifespan allows the initial purchase price to be spread out over more calves.
Would Someone Put a Muzzle on this Dog!
Hoosier AG Today
Many in agriculture refer to the Environmental Protection Agency as a pit bull because of its relentless attacks on farmers and farming. Now, some argue that the agency’s administrator Gina McCarthy has a striking likeness to a pit bull, but that is a matter of opinion. What is quite obvious is that there is a definite anti-agriculture bias at the EPA. The latest bit of evidence of this bias came last week over construction of billboards in Washington state.
BQA is my story…what’s yours?
Becoming Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)-certified allows us to share our story and ensure consumers that we are responsibly raising a safe, wholesome, and healthy beef supply. The checkoff’s BQA practices show us the best management practices for handling cattle, tending to their health, and taking care of the environment.
Getting Stuff for (Almost) Free With Non-Traditional Farm Business Ideas
Being a proficient grazier does not automatically mean your farm will be profitable. Production of your livestock or crops is only half of the battle. The other half, farm business management, is equally important.
Maintaining flow through chute to squeeze or loading ramp
Stockmanship, cattle handling and facility design continue to be points of debate and interest among stockmen. We’ve argued the Bud Box versus crowd tub, the hot shot, the whip, the flag and a whole assortment of other tools, designs – and even argued over the right words we use to describe the finer points of cattle handling.
Toxic fescue: Manage it or replace it?
Samantha Stanbery Athey
Hot tall fescue—love it, hate it or learn to live with it. Or do you? At a recent workshop held by the Alliance for Grassland Renewal, producers from all over the Four State area flocked to the University of Missouri Southwest Research Center near Mount Vernon to learn about the three types of tall fescue: infected, endophyte-free and novel endophyte.
Grazing Winter Small Grains
University of Nebraska
Small grains planted last fall are greening up and may be ready to graze soon. This spring, let’s make sure these pastures are productive and safe. Did you look ahead and plant rye or triticale or even wheat last fall to use as early pasture this spring? If so, you soon will be rewarded. Before long these fields will be ready to graze.
5 ways to prevent and treat grass tetany this spring
In my neck of the woods, we are months away from having any green grass for grazing, but for areas with warmer spring temperatures, the grazing season is just beginning and along with it, concerns such as grass tetany.