On Target:  Next breeding season starts now

On Target: Next breeding season starts now

Next breeding season starts now by Justin Sexten, Ph.D. We can debate the single largest factor in reproductive success for the cowherd depending on gender: Is there a fertile and able bull in the herd? Are the cows cycling? A failure in either of these systems...
On Target: Convenience or Performance Trait?

On Target: Convenience or Performance Trait?

Convenience or performance trait? by Justin Sexten, Ph.D. We often consider temperament a convenience trait. Looking for bulls to use, we study pedigrees, pictures, performance data and now videos until we develop a list of prospective herd sires. The final call...

Add value by culling, feeding

Weaning diet options by Justin Sexten, Ph.D. Spring calving herds, depending on rainfall and temperatures, may be weeks or months away from weaning. For many operations, that will bring the challenge of feeding weaned calves for a short transition period. That’s when...
Add value by culling, feeding

Add value by culling, feeding

Add value by culling, feeding by Justin Sexten, Ph.D. Weaning and “preg checking” tell us how successful our last two breeding seasons were. While many cow herd operators enjoy calving as a time to see the fruits of their labor, I prefer weaning, when management and...
On Target:  Beef lessons from dairy conceptions

On Target: Beef lessons from dairy conceptions

Beef lessons from dairy conceptions by Justin Sexten, Ph.D. You’ve heard that the key to beef quality could lie in making sure a calf never has a bad day. A paper in the Journal of Dairy Science adds validity—and before you quit reading because the work didn’t come...