Knowing the pregnancy status of females allows producers to make more informed and precise management decisions which increase efficiency and profitability.
Once a heifer has reached puberty, reproductive cyclicity begins.
Estrous synchronization is a reproductive management tool in which the estrous cycle is manipulated so that breeding females enter into estrus simultaneously.
Standing estrus, also referred to as heat, is a brief period within a female’s reproductive (estrous) cycle during which she will allow herself to be mounted.
Performing breeding soundness evaluations on herd bulls is a sound investment for beef cow-calf operations. A bull breeding soundness evaluation (BSE) is a uniform method of assessing a bull’s likelihood of accomplishing pregnancy in an appropriate number of open, healthy, cycling cows or heifers in a defined breeding season.
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