Nutritional stress following artificial insemination (AI) has been reported to have negative effects on conception rates. This decrease in conception rates could be from an increase in embryonic mortality due to nutritional stress following breeding. When considering heifer development strategies, it may be important for a producer to consider nutritional stress from changes in the diet following breeding, and this nutritional stress could be initiated by how you manage heifers between weaning and breeding?
Proper semen handling techniques have a big impact on overall success in an artificial insemination program. Small mistakes in thawing semen can have detrimental effects to the sperm including decreased percentage progressive and overall motility.
Have you ever heard anyone say they are not busy? I am guessing not. No matter how much technology we have at our finger tips or improved ways to complete an agricultural related task, you won’t find many people saying they don’t have their plate full or even over-flowing. Heavy workloads, and the feeling of being overwhelmed or stressed does not may our days very enjoyable. Is the reason for always seeming busy a time management issue? and learning some important tips to help your organize your time and help with focus.
During the February 1st Animal Care Wednesday Webinar, we heard one of the leading experts discuss the challenging social concerns of antibiotic resistance. Michael Apley, Frick Professor of Clinical Sciences with the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, challenged listeners to better understand the difference between judicious use and stewardship of antibiotics by reviewing the many factors involved in epidemiology (study of incidence, distribution, and possible control of diseases).
There have been some significant temperature fluctuations across South Dakota in the recent weeks with the warmer temperatures working to get the cool season grasses growing. With the rapid growth of these cool season grasses, specifically crested wheatgrass, and cows lactating heavily, producers should have an increased awareness of grass tetany and current risk factors.
The March 9th “Low Stress for Safety and Success” workshop near Beresford, SD was a full-day of presentations and hands-on activities. This workshop was hosted at the South Dakota Southeast Research Farm and The Opportunities Farm. “This workshop is the second of three producer workshops that was originally postponed from February 24th because of snow storms, so participants were thankful for fair weather and sunshine,” said Heidi Carroll, SDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Associate.
Managers and supervisors have many challenges to deal with daily in order to strive to help their company reach goals, be productive, and profitable. One of these challenges is dealing with difficult people. Their ability to lead difficult employees, which create an unproductive working environment and shift the employee into a high performing worker is an important skill for managers.
The South Dakota Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently released two maps highlighting the current grass production estimates and projected peak grass production estimates for South Dakota. These maps updated monthly by the NRCS indicate dry conditions spreading east into areas of North-Central and South-Central South Dakota. Ranchers in Central and Western South Dakota need to start re-visiting their drought management plans and making adjustments if needed.
“Building Your Genetic Base” was the topic of the 3rd Annual Heifer Development Webinar Series conducted during February and March 2017. The three-part webinar series was hosted by SDSU Extension with invited speakers to provide their knowledge and expertise in the area of genetic selection pertaining to genetic decisions for beef operations. Registered participants from 11 states received links to join in on live webinars, as well as links to access recorded sessions available to be watched at their convenience.
Spring is arriving throughout South Dakota and it signals the return of insects to the landscape. As the snow melts, it is a time when many tasks such as calving, pasture management, and fence maintenance begin in earnest. With many pressing needs to tend to, many ranchers may not find the time to consider the role insects play on their ranch.