The University of Georgia's Beef Team is comprised of faculty members that are directly involved in beef cattle education. The goal of this team is to enrich the availability of beef cattle information for producers and County Extension Agents. View Extension publications on beef and the UGA Beef Team blog feed below.
strous (heat) synchronization in beef cattle involves manipulating the females' estrous cycle so they can be bred at about the same time. The normal 21-day estrous cycle in beef cattle can be altered by following an effective estrous synchronization protocol. Numerous estrous synchronization protocols have been developed that use a combination of different drugs and products to alter hormonal changes in the female's estrous cycle. Since different reproductive hormones are used in estrous synchronization, developing a basic understanding of several reproductive hormones is helpful for determining which protocol will work best for your herd.
Problem identification is the first step in establishing objectives and goals to improve reproductive management in a dairy herd. Management is determining what must be done and achieving results through the efforts of yourself and your employees. Use the following worksheet to evaluate herd reproductive performance and set goals to improve your breeding strategies. Then develop a tactical plan to achieve these goals using the second worksheet. List those involved on your management team and their responsibilities.
Early identification and diagnosis of reproductive problems through a herd health program are an essential part of successful dairy management. A cow must be pregnant by 85 days postpartum to achieve a 12-month calving interval. This is the backbone of sound reproductive management in an economical dairy business. Many factors during the dry period, parturition and early lactation can lower reproductive efficiency. These include mastitis, cystic ovaries, lack of body condition, retained placentas and anestrus. These postpartum problems lengthen calving intervals and affect reproductive efficiency.
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Sale Order Handout 4-18-17Join us for the 18th Annual Tifton HERD Sale on April 18th at the Bull Evaluation Center located near Irwinville, Georgia. Offering 110 outstanding bred registered and commercial heifers! Sale Catalog is below. View all the data that has been recorded on the heifers throughout their 6...
2017 Southwest Georgia Master Cattleman Program When: January 17th – March 7th, 2017 ‐ Tuesday evening of each week Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Location: Houston County Extension Office ‐ 801 Main St. Perry, GA 31069 See Master Cattleman Flyer for additional details
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