Cow Disposition Affects Pregnancy Rate

By Gary Veserat, MS, PAS on Tue, Jun 11, 2019 @ 08:30 AM

Written by Glenn Selk, PhD. Beef Cattle Specialist Emeritus with the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.

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Now we have another good excuse to cull cows due to bad temperament. Producers that routinely breed cows artificially realize that cows that are unruly and nervous are less likely to conceive to artificial insemination. Presumably, the lowered conception rates were because they have been stressed as they are passed through the working facilities and restrained while being synchronized and inseminated. Research trials indicate, even in the serenity of a natural breeding pasture, cows with bad dispositions are less likely to conceive when mated with bulls.

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Pregnancy Diagnosis in Small Ruminants

By Erika Wierman, DVM on Fri, Mar 22, 2019 @ 08:35 AM

Last month I had the pleasure of teaching at the Colorado VMA’s small ruminant meeting, and it got me thinking about some of the common misconceptions and mistakes made when using ultrasound to diagnose pregnancy in sheep and goats. I thought I might take this opportunity to highlight my top five tips.

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Choosing the Correct Transducer

By Erika Wierman, DVM on Fri, Jan 18, 2019 @ 08:19 AM

L14X-WEB-LABELThere are an overwhelming number of transducer (probe) options on the market these days, marketed for different species and applications. What do you need to consider when selecting one? Whether you are shopping for a new system or transducer, or simply deciding which of your current probes to use for a specific purpose, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

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