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There are several steps producers can take in spring to maximize artificial insemination pregnancy rates.

Maximize pregnancy rates when artificially inseminating livestock

There are several steps producers can take to improve AI success

Artificial insemination (AI) offers cattle producers the opportunity to use semen from high-accuracy, genetically superior sires at a fraction of the cost of purchasing a herd bull with similar genetics. “In addition, using estrus synchronization and AI can increase the number of calves born earlier in the calving season and increase weaning weights of calves,” […] Read more

Keep an eye on bulls before and during the breeding season

The importance of pre-breeding bull management often is highlighted as a means to prepare for a successful breeding season, says Carl Dahlen, North Dakota State University Extension Service beef cattle specialist. “However, a successful breeding season is not necessarily guaranteed once healthy bulls are turned out with a group of females.” A breeding soundness exam […] Read more


Stoke up your horse’s hay-burners if you want them to stay warm

Hay-burners Feeding a good-quality hay in sufficient amounts is one 
of the best ways to keep horses warm through cold weather

Winter is in full force, and horse owners need to make sure they feed their animals appropriately for the conditions, according to North Dakota State University Extension Service equine specialist Carrie Hammer. Feeding good-quality hay in sufficient amounts is one of the best ways to help horses keep warm. Feed digestion produces heat, with the […] Read more

North Dakota State University develops farm fuel budget app

Comparisons 
Producers can compare projected fuel costs and use based on alternative crop acreages, tillage systems and crop rotations

Farmers can use a new Farm Fuel Budget cellphone app to plan their farm fuel budget and use for the next year or more. John Nowatzki, North Dakota State University Extension Service agricultural machine systems specialist, developed the Android cellphone app for crop producers to compare projected fuel costs based on alternate crop acreages, tillage […] Read more


Ingested wire can cause serious illness in cattle

Inverted tires can make great containers to hold cattle feed and water, but tires also can pose health risks for the animals if the tires aren’t maintained regularly. “If the tires you are using on your operation have wire in the walls, this wire can break off and subsequently be consumed by cattle,” warns North […] Read more

Cache Valley Virus Suspected In Sheep Abortions

North Dakota veterinarians say that the Cache Valley virus may have been responsible for recent abortions in sheep in the central part of the state. “Preliminary laboratory investigation implicates the Cache Valley virus,” said Neil Dyer, director of North Dakota State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Determining whether Cache Valley was the cause of the abortions […] Read more


Taking Steps To Prevent Rabies

The rabies virus may be in saliva for three to five days in domestic dogs and cats and up to eight days in skunks before the animals show clinical signs… North Dakota State University Extension Service veterinarian Charlie Stoltenow is urging people to prevent themselves and their animals from becoming infected. The most common way […] Read more

Fertilizer Is Good For Plants, But Not Cattle

North Dakota State University reports that veterinarians have received reports of cattle fertilizer poisoning this spring. “With the number of cattle out in pasture and the poor condition of many fences, plus everyone rushing to try to get the crop planted in a very late planting season, these accidental poisonings can and do occur,” says […] Read more


Test Before Putting Bulls Out To Pasture

Livestock producers should have their herd bulls examined for breeding soundness before turning them out with cows this summer. “Veterinarians across the state are reporting higher-than-average rates of bulls failing breeding soundness exams,” says Charlie Stoltenow, North Dakota State University Extension Service veterinarian. This year’s harsh winter weather may be to blame for at least […] Read more