Purdue Workshop Spotlights Reproductive Efficiency

INDIANA, US - Beef producers who are considering using an estrous synchronization and artificial insemination program will have an opportunity to learn how the Purdue University farms manage cattle in these programs during a two-part workshop at three Indiana locations.
calendar icon 16 April 2009
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"Using estrous synchronization and AI can increase the reproductive performance and reproductive efficiency of beef herds," said Allen Bridges, Purdue Extension reproductive physiologist.

"There are several advantages that estrous synchronization and AI offer. Some of these include the ability to get cows pregnant earlier in the breeding season and having them calve earlier in the calving season. This means they will have older, heavier calves at weaning."

Bridges said that using an estrous synchronization and AI program will help producers achieve the goal of having every cow calve every 365 days.

"With AI you have the opportunity to use better genetics, select sires that have proven genetics for production parameters that you need, such as calving needs, heavier weaning weights or carcass merit," he said.

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