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Pregnancy diagnosis options for beef cattle producers

Generally, beef herd pregnancy rates after a 60–120-day breeding season tend to range from 80 to 94 percent. Pregnancy diagnosis identifies the 6–20 percent of open cows in the herd so they can be culled after their calves at side are weaned, instead of waiting to the end of the subsequent calving season. Considering that the annual feed/forage costs associated with maintaining a mature cow can be as high as $400 to $600 per year, culling open cows can save as much as $250 per head that can be diverted to the purchase or development of replacement females, sire selection, increased nutritional management, and other management-related costs. Pregnancy diagnosis can be performed simply at the time that producers work their cattle during their vaccination schedule or even at the time of weaning. There are three practical methods that can be utilized for pregnancy diagnosis in beef herds: 1) rectal palpation, 2) transrectal ultrasonography, or 3) use of a blood sample that is submitted to a laboratory for analysis and results returned to the producer within a few days.


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Apply for the Dr. Bruce Wren CE Award

Have you been out of veterinary school less than 10 years and in a beef or dairy practice? Do you wish you could have the opportunity for continuing education of your choice to enhance your skills? Then apply for the Dr. Bruce Wren Continuing Education Award sponsored by AgriLabs and awarded at AABP.


Doc Talk: Copper toxicity in livestock

Folks welcome to Doc Talk. I’m Dr. Dan Thomson here from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. I’m glad you joined us. Dr. Matt Miesner is going to be joining us today to talk about copper toxicity in sheep, cattle and other species. It’s bound to be a great show. Thanks for joining us. Stay tuned after this break.


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