Beef Article Archive

Synchronization for Natural-Service Breeding Programs

With 92% of beef operations in the United States utilizing solely natural service breeding in the cowherd, the use of reproductive technology is highly unutilized as many associate these programs with artificial insemination (AI). However, natural-service synchronization protocols can be utilized without AI if slightly different steps are implemented. Natural-service synchronization protocols differ in that less injections are utilized because we do not want estrus grouped so tight that bulls cannot cover all the cows.

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Towards a Better Understanding of the Bison

During pre-colonial times there were no domestic cattle (beef or dairy) in North America. The largest ruminant present was the bison, stretching from the forests of today’s Alaska to Mexico. Once with an estimated population between 50-75 million head, the bison came to the verge of extinction in 1890, with just over 1,000 head left. In 1905 efforts led by then U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt and other individuals ended with the formation of the American Bison Society.

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Getting Cows in Synch

Each year the Beef Reproductive Task Force reviews research and field use of bovine estrous synchronization protocols to determine a set of recommended synchronization protocols for beef producers that will result in the most optimal pregnancy rates. This list of protocols is then published for cows and heifers and is available at the Beef Reproductive Task Force webpage or in genetics company catalogs.

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The Ethics of Decision Making

Leaders often make challenging decisions. In your leadership role, you agreed to take on the responsibility that comes with the role and your actions are constantly being viewed by others. How you choose to make decisions will impact the type of leader you are and how followers like employees, committee members or volunteers will respect you. Will they view you as a leader with integrity or not?

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Mineral Nutrition in the Cow: Trace minerals and managing interactions

Mineral nutrition is vital to overall cow performance. Without an appropriate balance of minerals, cows may not perform as expected or could exhibit detrimental effects. Minerals are divided into two groups based on the quantity of the mineral required by the cow: macrominerals and trace minerals (microminerals). The macrominerals are required as a percent of the diet, while the trace minerals are required in ppm (parts per million).

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Cattle Handling Workshop Hosted at Rosebud Sioux Tribal Ranch

March 16th was a beautiful day for the “Low Stress for Safety and Success” workshop hosted at the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Ranch. “We are grateful to the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Ranch for hosting us. We appreciate them allowing us to work with their cow herd and experience their handling facilities,” said Heidi Carroll, SDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Associate.

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Four Feedback Foes

As a supervisor you should set time aside at least once a year, to conduct formal performance reviews for your employees. The value in doing so will definitely outweigh the time it will take out of your busy schedule to conduct this important management element. Annual reviews should be a productive time to have an open discussion with employees, share your thoughts about their work and performance progress, discuss their future with your farm/ranch or agri-business, and allow for focused discussion without distractions.

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