STORY: Controlled calving helps Kentucky cattlemen

Reproductive success governs production efficiency and profits in beef cow-calf operations. Controlling the length of the calving season is one way to improve the production efficiency. According to University of Arkansas data, short calving seasons return $72 more revenue per calf than calves born in uncontrolled seasons.

In Kentucky, a multi-disciplinary program helps cattlemen improve the productivity of their cow herds by using estrous synchronization and artificial insemination. In addition, all aspects of the production systems are evaluated including nutrition, health, genetics and management.

With recommended improvements, 39 producers who participated in the integrated reproductive management program were able to increase their revenues by about $4,000 each.

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