The Maximize the Herd Series equips cattle producers with the specific information they need to steer their herds to the next level of profitability.

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  • Adding One More Prostaglandin Shot Boosts Pregnancies

    11/07/2016 08:43 AM

    No one likely relishes the thought of giving an additional prostaglandin shot in the Double-Ovsynch protocol for first timed artificial insemination (A.I.) that already calls for four GnRH and two prostaglandin treatments in just 27 days.

  • No Cow Left Behind
    11/06/2016 09:37 AM

    At Dairy Dreams Farm, partner and veterinarian Don Niles, has gone all in, using the additional shot of prostaglandin to ensure the cows in his herd are getting every opportunity to become pregnant.

  • Immunity and Reproduction Work in Tandem for Herd Success
    10/10/2016 10:28 PM

    The typical dairy cow in North America completes an average of just two lactations, according to University of Georgia researcher David Hurley. 

  • Metritis Diagnosis Considerations
    08/23/2016 03:54 AM

    Metritis is an inflammation of the uterus after calving, characterized by an enlarged uterus with an abnormal, foul-smelling vaginal discharge and usually accompanied by other systemic signs of disease such as fever, loss of appetite or drop in milk yield.

  • Bull Management 101 for Breeding Season Success
    08/10/2016 01:55 PM

    In today’s beef industry the margins for productivity and profitability are thin.  Herd reproduction and fertility are important for profitability to occur. 

  • Tracking Down a Deadly Cattle Pathogen
    07/27/2016 05:44 PM

    UC – Davis veterinarian Jeff Stott participated in research to characterize the pathogen causing foothill abortion disease and to develop an experimental vaccine.

  • BeefTalk: Commercial Beef Production Benchmarks for 2016
    07/11/2016 05:43 PM

    Achievable goals are the first steps toward improvement in a beef operation.

  • Tips for Breeding Tricky Two-Year-Olds
    07/08/2016 11:57 AM

    Here are some tips for how can we get more of these tricky two-year olds’ pregnant.

  • Utilizing Natural-Service Synchronization
    07/05/2016 10:58 AM

    Have you ever wanted to shorten your breeding season, but don’t want to AI and are afraid of pulling the bull out early and potentially increasing the number of females that come up open? 

  • BeefTalk: Management and Genetics Make the Cow Whole
    07/05/2016 06:37 AM

    Good records help producers make good management decisions.

  • Managing Stress to Reduce Early Embryonic Loss in Beef Cattle
    07/01/2016 04:17 PM

    The last thing producers want to hear at pregnancy check time, is the call of “Open!” from their veterinarian. It is often assumed that open females failed to conceive; however, fertilization rates in beef cattle typically range between 90-100%. Nonetheless, only around 70% of fertilizations result in conception.