Artificial insemination breeding programs can help cattle producers capitalize on prices that are at an unprecedented high, a Purdue Extension beef specialist says.
While many cow-calf producers shy away from artificial insemination because of the extensive management requirements, Ron Lemenager said incorporating an estrous synchronization program into the breeding plan can reduce time spent detecting estrous and increase the number of cows bred in the first week of the breeding season.
“Cow numbers are the lowest since 1952. This puts the cow-calf producers in the driver’s seat if they play their cards right,” he said. “A bred cow is worth about twice as much as an open cow, so it’s important to get these cows bred as early as possible.”
Getting cows bred the first week of the breeding season helps ensure that calves are older and heavier at weaning. It also means more uniform calves.
Lemenager recommended that producers consider an estrous synchronization program such as the 5 Day CO-Synch + CIDR.… Continue readingRead More »