Beef Basics II - Reproduction, Genetics and Selection

Beef Basics II

Reproduction, Genetics and Selection

What this course offers.

  1. Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology - Reproductive efficiency of the cow herd is one of the most critical factors influencing profitability of a cow-calf enterprise.
  2. Developing Replacement Heifers - The heifer replacement enterprise can be expensive, so it is critical to explore opportunities to reduce costs.
  3. Herd Health Management of the Beef Cow Herd - A year-around program of preventive medicine coupled with good management is needed to maintain a healthy, productive, and profitable cow herd.
  4. Calving Management and Reducing Calf Losses in Beef Herds - Management of the herd as well as individual cows and heifers immediately prior to and during the calving season is an important factor influencing economic success for cow/calf producers.
  5. Genetic Improvement of Beef Cattle - Tools to Fit Environmental and Marketing Demands - Developing a breeding plan starts with understanding the environment in which the cattle will be expected to perform and the areas of performance that directly impact the marketing objective of the enterprise.
  6. Estrous Synchronization - The percentage of cows that become pregnant during the breeding season can have a major impact on ranch profitability.
  7. Using a Systems Approach in Beef Cattle Production - The concept of a systems approach is based on the idea that a cattle operation is a system of many components, all of which play a part in determining net return and sustainability of the beef operation.