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Knowing which of your cattle are pregnant and putting the open ones on a high-energy ration can make you significant money.

When does it pay to preg check your cattle?

At current prices, feeding open cows a high-energy ration for 90 days is the smart financial move

Reading Time: 3 minutes According to the 2015 Western Canadian Cow-Calf Survey, 60 per cent of producers include pregnancy detection as part of their management strategy. That’s up from 49 per cent nearly two decades ago. But the question remains as to why 40 per cent of producers in Western Canada choose not to preg check their cows. Assuming […] Read more

Checking cattle for pregnancy: Rectal palpation versus ultrasound

Checking cattle for pregnancy: Rectal palpation versus ultrasound

Beef 911: Both methods have advantages, but the key 
is having reproductive exams at least once a year

Reading Time: 4 minutes Both rectal palpation and ultrasounding for pregnancy have advantages depending on their intended application, and both require a skilled veterinarian performing the pregnancy exam to get accurate results. I will outline the pros and cons of each method so you can see how to best fit them into your farming operation, and dispel some myths […] Read more