Bull marketing season has started, which means producers are being bombarded
with promotional advertising and articles on selecting and valuing bulls, and
using genetic/genomic technologies.
To sustain the commercial cattle inventory, producers replace unproductive cows
with new females as developed… Continue reading
By: Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Animal Scientist
Proper mineral and vitamin nutrition contributes to strong immune systems, reproductive performance and calf or stocker cattle weight gain. Both over and under consumption of mineral supplements can cause issues,… Continue reading
By: Blair Fannin
COLLEGE STATION — The importance of a breeding soundness exam in herd bulls can prevent costly revenue losses, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist.
Stan Bevers, AgriLife Extension economist in Vernon, shared the data… Continue reading
The typical Cow Herd Appraisal Performance Software (CHAPS) program beef producer is weaning calves from 90.5 percent of all cows exposed to the bull at 553 pounds at 193 days of age.
Those calves are grazing summer pastures… Continue reading
The effects of heat stress on reproductive performance of beef cows has been discussed by many animal scientists in a variety of ways. After reviewing the scientific literature available up to 1979, one scientist wrote that the most… Continue reading
By: Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist
At cow culling time, producers often face some tough decisions. Optimum culling of the herd seems to require a sharp crystal ball that could see into the future. … Continue reading