Sandy Johnson – Preg Checking Cows

(Sandy) My name is Sandy Johnson, I’m an Extension Beef Specialist with K-State Research and Extension located out in Colby and my speciality is reproductive physiology. And so as we think about spring calving herds and what we should be thinking about this time of year, certainly a timely pregnancy diagnosis can be important for a number of management reasons. Number one keeping a controlled breeding season really helps us manage our cows year round. We can target our feed resources and when they’re calving close together, calves are more uniform. All those. There’s a tremendous advantage of a tight breeding season. Now in this cattle market certainly bred females are worth a lot of money. So we’re not necessarily saying let’s pull the bulls really early but we want a preg check in a timely manner so that we can stage those pregnancies. And we want to think about marketing late bred cows and open cows. And the other thing we want to make sure to include in our management in relation to pre checking is because we don’t want to get caught finding out we have trichomoniasis, or “trich” at calving and we see, oh there’s just a few cows kind of springing and we have 10 or 20 percent of those cows calf. I mean I’d hate for that to happen to any of our listeners but we know it does happen if you fail to preg check and then are forced to at that time. That’s just… that’s not the way you want to go. If you gotta go down with it, learn early. And really a short controlled breeding season and timely preg check is really one of our key management strategies for making sure we don’t have trich and as we’re working on cleaning it up, that’s how we manage the reproduction to do that. All around good management is to do a timely preg check and use that information on the pregnancy status for marketing cows. Let’s not just roll ’em through the barn, let’s market ’em and think about opportunities there. But make sure we don’t have some devastating problem that we want to think about to figure out how we’re gonna get out of. So, work with your veterinarian. Schedule that preg check anytime now. Most of our spring calving herds this is a great time to get it done and use that information to your advantage.

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