Daily Archives: April 3, 2020

General Management Considerations to Increase the Proportion of Early Calving Heifers and Cows

General Management Considerations to Increase the Proportion of Early Calving Heifers and Cows

G.A. Perry, M.F. Smith, Rick Funston

University of Nebraska

Artificial insemination (AI) is the most powerful tool cow-calf producers have to improve beef cattle genetics. Still, they have been slow to adopt this technology due to the time and labor of heat checking and a market structure that until recently did not reward genetic improvement.

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Profit Boost From Beef Genetics

Profit Boost From Beef Genetics

Victoria G.Myers

Progressive Farmer

Dairy and beef producers have always seen things from different sides of the fence. Give a dairy producer a heifer calf, and he feels like he just won the lottery. A beef producer, on the other hand, would take a steer over a heifer any day. What happens when these two camps start sharing genetics?

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Leveraging “Good” Genetics in Commercial Heifer Selection

Leveraging “Good” Genetics in Commercial Heifer Selection

Jamie T. Courter
The Beefmaster Payweight

Commercial producers place a large investment in seedstock bulls, with the intention of improving the genetics of their herd by selecting superior replacement fem ales from superior matings. Unfortunately, biology is not their friend in this instance. Due to random sampling of chromosomes from a bull or cow, closely related cattle have shown significant variation in genetic potential for a trait. Some data have shown that a single bull sired calves that ranged from the top 1 % to the bottom 91 % of the breed for calving ease maternal, with other half siblings falling in between. How does someone determine which heifers inherited the “good” genes they paid for, and those who did not? Easy, test them.

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The Cost Benefit of Using Vaccines in Beef Cattle

The Cost Benefit of Using Vaccines in Beef Cattle


Vaccination is a proven tool for disease prevention. Vaccination recommendations vary by region and by farm as the environment, production, and management practices can increase or decrease the amount of risk cattle are exposed to. Disease exposure occurs in numerous places including community pastures, fence line contact with neighbouring cattle, auction markets, and breeding cattle, such as bulls, purchased from other herds.

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The economic benefits of a defined, 90 day or less, calving season

The economic benefits of a defined, 90 day or less, calving season

Dr. Les Anderson

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Anytime an Extension beef cattle specialist suggests a cow herd is most profitable when there is a well defined calving season as opposed to leaving the bull in and calving year around, it’s not uncommon for the response to be disbelief. During the 2020 Ohio Beef Cow/Calf Workshop, Dr. Les Anderson responded in this 4 minute clip to that debate regarding the economic benefits of a calving season of 90 days or less. The data he shares is compelling!

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Getting bulls ready for the breeding season

Getting bulls ready for the breeding season

Lisa Moser

Kansas State University

Any coach of a winning athlete will say that success in competition is the result of the athlete’s nutrition and fitness preparation. Beef cattle experts at Kansas State University say that same mentality applies to preparing bulls for the breeding season.

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In vitro fertilization vs. multiple ovulation embryo transfer: Which to use?

In vitro fertilization vs. multiple ovulation embryo transfer: Which to use?

Nicky Oosthuizen and G. Cliff Lamb

Progressive Cattle

The utilization of embryo transfer (ET) offers a great opportunity for genetic improvement in beef cattle operations. Through ET, a single, genetically superior female is able to generate a greater number of offspring than through conventional breeding systems (natural service or A.I.) and, when coupled with sperm from a genetically outstanding sire, embryos of exceptional genetic quality can be produced.

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Generational Perceptions about Meat

Generational Perceptions about Meat


Since 2017, U.S. consumers spend more money in foodservice establishments such as restaurants, schools and gas stations than in retail grocery stores.  Choices about what to eat are expanding into animal production methods as we balance our diets and develop sustainable food systems.  A lot of discussion is spent defining what a healthy diet looks like, and where our food comes from. Information can be overwhelming as we read labels, and decipher how one product differs from another as we vote with our dollars to choose products that fit into personal value systems.

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Kids Tell;  Popular Breeds of cattle

Kids Tell;  Popular Breeds of cattle

Kansas Beef

Cattle come in many different shapes and sizes. While there are various physical differences, they have one thing in common: they all provide high quality, nourishing beef that can be part of a healthy diet. With that said, here’s an introduction to some of the popular breeds raised in Kansas brought to you by the people who know them best, the Kansas kids who take care of them on the daily.

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Barley Comes up the Backstretch

Barley Comes up the Backstretch

Dr. Reynold Bergen

Beef Cattle Research Council

Like cattle performance, crop yields reflect the interplay between genetics, management practices and environmental conditions. Statistics Canada reports show that barley yields weren’t keeping up with other feed crops for decades.

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