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How DNA Parentage Testing in Cattle is Done
We’ve all seen the pictures of DNA that looks like a spiral staircase, but in fact DNA is made up of units called base pairs and there are four different base pairs represented by the letters A, T, G and C. Cattle have 2.8 billion base pairs and humans...
DNA Parentage Testing in Cattle: a Good Investment
Every cow-calf producer likes to believe that his herd bulls are top notch animals and that they’re all pulling their weight in terms of siring calves, but in reality there is a lot of variation, writes Angela Lovell....
13 Indicators of Profit: Taking Business Applications to the Farm
Texans are embracing key performance indicators (KPIs) to drive profit on their cattle operation - 13 is lucky for some. ...
Don't Forget Early Gestation: The Importance of Nutrition to Programming Calves
Early gestation nutrition is critical in setting up calves for a productive life, according to this research summary by Canada's Ontario ministry of agriculture, food and rural affairs team. ...
When Should Cows Calve?
Very few cows calve on their due date, but how can a ranch know what to expect?...
Tips for Managing New Bulls After Purchase
The purchase of a bull represents a major investment and regardless of price, the purchasing farmer invests trust and faith in the bull. So how can farmers ensure the bull lives up to these expectations?...
Calves Are Valuable, Good Bulls Are Priceless
A veterinarian's time and buying a sound beef bull both have costs, but getting live calves on the ground in a timely manner is priceless. ...
Pre-Breeding Season Bull Management Tips
Each herd bull should receive a breeding soundness exam, routine vaccinations, BCS evaluation, and appropriate supplemental feeding prior to the breeding season, according to advice from the University of Georgia....
Trace Mineral Injections Did Not Improve Sperm Quality
Sperm quality of yearling bulls was not improved by injectable trace minerals, according to a Kansas State University study. ...
Managing Replacement Heifers for Service at Springtime
Whether home-bred or bought in, heifers are a big part of the future of your operation and represent a doorway to new genetics and higher productivity. ...
How to Prepare for Grass Tetany, Grass Staggers
As spring comes, Dakota's cattlemen are advised to watch for grass tetany and be proactive about blood magnesium....
Create the Right Calf to Capture Value
Cattle are in short supply but quality is as important as ever, according to a US Angus industry figurehead. ...
Drones a Possibility for Heat Detection and More
Activity monitors can make science fiction reality with drone/UAV technology, according to a Penn State extension educator. ...
When to Intervene During Calving
When it comes to success at calving, there are some things beyond the farmers control, writes a Kentucky veterinarian. ...
How Can I Feed to Optimize Sexual Maturation of Beef Heifers?
Ranch profit is hugely hit by replacement heifer rearing and any strategies to assist in getting animals to sexual maturity faster is a major goal for the beef industry. ...
 
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