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Minimize dystocia in replacement heifers by using calving ease EPDs to select sires
by Bob Weaber, extension cow-calf specialist
When one begins the process of selection of bulls to produce replacement heifers, or bulls to be service sires of replacement heifers, a number of criteria come to mind. Certainly among these are breed composition and the contribution the bull may provide to direct and/or maternal heterosis, as well as a variety of growth, maternal and carcass traits. Perhaps among the most important is calving ease.
If you’ve been growing your calves since fall weaning, you’ve likely been considering the next steps: sell them as feeders or finish them out. The markets need to be considered in that decision process, as well as your access to feed resources and facilities.
An understanding of the changes in the use of feed additive medications is important for livestock producers and veterinarians. All feed-grade medications used for disease prevention and therapy will require veterinary oversight and an accompanying veterinary feed directive.
Anaplasmosis has been recognized in eastern Kansas herds for many years, but only recently has it been observed in the rest of the state. Key topics were covered at a May 2016 symposium in Salina. Download presentations and watch videos.
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