Springtime Tips For Beef Producers

MANHATTAN - April means calving season is wrapping up on many Plains-area operations, and that means breeding season is beginning or continuing. That also means that females and males must be reproductively fit, a Kansas State University animal scientist said.
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Several estrus synchronization procedures have been developed in recent years, said K-State Research and Extension beef specialist Twig Marston.

To determine the correct synchronization program to use, producers should consider the age group of females (yearling replacement heifers versus cows); the commitment of time and efforts for heat detection; the potential number of females that are anestrus (days post partum, body condition, calving difficulty); the availability of labor; and the return on investment for total commitment to the breeding program.

Marston provided these tips for producers to consider at this time of year:

  • Handle semen properly and use correct artificial insemination techniques to maximize fertility.
  • With natural service bulls, closely monitor body condition, eyes, feet, legs and reproductive parts during the breeding season. Resolve any problems immediately.
  • Make sure all bulls pass a breeding soundness examination prior to turnout.
  • Begin your calf preconditioning program. Vaccination, castration and parasite control at a young age will decrease stress at weaning time. This is a time to add value to the calf crop.
  • Implant calves older than 60 days of age to increase weaning weight.
  • Properly identify all cows and calves. Establish premises numbers for compliance with state and national programs.
  • Use best management practices (BMPs) to establish sustainable grazing systems.
  • Use good management practices when planting annual forage sources and harvesting perennial forages.
  • Maintain records that will verify calving season, health programs, and management practices.


Source: AgProfessional
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