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A guide to selecting the perfect heifer bull

Here are some tips for finding the right heifer bull for your operation, herd, and budget

Whether home raised or purchased, open replacement heifer candidates are one of your biggest investments on the ranch. Heifers experiencing dystocia or a difficult calving are less likely to mother up and breed back and more likely to wean lighter calves. Assisted calves are more likely to become sick or die before weaning. Proper heifer […] Read more

A study employing DNA testing found a wide variation in the siring ability of bulls.

Who’s your daddy?

A study that used DNA testing to determine the siring success of individual bulls produced some surprises

DNA testing can help you know which bulls are siring calves and make better management decisions. “There was a lot more variation in what bulls were actually doing and which bulls were siring calves than we thought going into this,” Stacey Domolewski said during a recent Beef Cattle Research Council webinar. As part of a […] Read more

Ceanna Tannas, a registered animal health technologist with Veterinary Agri-Health Services in Airdrie, says producers should think about both the big and small things when thinking about biosecurity.

When thinking about biosecurity on a beef farm, it helps to think both big and small

Disease can be introduced when people visit the farm, such as in the case of the bull sale

When people think about biosecurity, they generally think about swine, poultry or dairy operations. But biosecurity is important on beef operations too and there are a number of things producers can do to minimize their risk. “Dairy, swine and poultry are in barns, so biosecurity is easier to control, whereas in the beef industry, the […] Read more