Beef Basics II
Reproduction, Genetics and Selection
What this course offers.
- Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology - Reproductive efficiency of the cow herd is one of the most critical factors influencing profitability of a cow-calf enterprise.
- Developing Replacement Heifers - The heifer replacement enterprise can be expensive, so it is critical to explore opportunities to reduce costs.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Estrous Synchronization - The percentage of cows that become pregnant during the breeding season can have a major impact on ranch profitability.
- 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.