The cow’s only job is to produce a calf, you must ensure she is served by a sound, fertile bull which will get her pregnant. About 70% of the cow’s annual feed intake is solely for maintenance, and if she does not produce a calf each year this feed is wasted. Therefore before beginning . . . → Read More: Beef Cattle Mating
Choosing bulls is the most important breeding decision you make becasuse the sire contributes about 80% of the potential genetic improvement to a herd. What this means in practice is that the really key decision is which bull breeder you choose. You must identify a breeder who is making regular genetic progress in the . . . → Read More: Selecting Beef Bulls
Those considering or using Artificial Insemination (AI) should ensure that the breeding season does not become lengthened in attempts to settle cows. Top breeding management is required for successful heat detection and high conception rates with AI.
A suggested practice would be to breed the top end of the herd AI the first 25-30 . . . → Read More: Artificial Insemination and Heat Detection in Beef
Managing cows for high fertility
The key indicators of reproductive performance are body condition score for cows and liveweight for heifers. Birth weight can also have a direct bearing on the number of live calves born. To increase conception rates it is important to join females on a rising plane of nutrition. Condition score . . . → Read More: Maximise the number of live beef calves per breeding female