With the spring beef cattle breeding season getting under way, producers should remember that some key management practices can result in a successful season.
This is the time when the size of next year's calf crop will be determined, along with the beef operation's potential profitability.
Nutrition, bull soundness and overall herd health can have a major impact on breeding success.
Cattle should be in good body condition and should be grazing on some of the best pasture on the farm during this time.
Pastures containing clover are preferred, along with those containing orchard grass or low-endophyte fescue. High-endophyte fescue can cause lower pregnancy rates. High body temperatures associated with grazing high-endophyte fescue adds stress on a cow and the resulting pregnancy rate.