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Focus on your yearlings this breeding season

Calving is well underway across the country and many of you are turning your thoughts to activities associated with breeding, pasture turnout and spring seeding. Before your schedule gets too hectic, it is a good time to take stock of your nutrition program particularly as it relates to the breeding herd. In past issues, I […] Read more



Them Bulls

History pages from the Sept. 1948 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Them Bulls by Harold Baldwin, Swift Current, Sask. ‘I looked at the four beasts. In their slavering mouths were miniature J.I.C. bits. The harness maker averred that no bull that was ever calved could slug his head against “the J.I.C.’s.” He had never drive bulls, that harness maker. Nor had I. I yearned to take […] Read more

Revising the bull pen

Each year, the Dickinson Research Extension Center reviews the bulls from the previous year to cut back on what bulls need to be overwintered. Because the bulls are bought based on their ability to transmit the right genes into the cow herd, their expected progeny difference (EPD) values already have stood the evaluation tests of when they were purchased. […] Read more


May calving bull turnout is Aug. 1

Expected start of the 2015 calving season set at May 10

NDSU Extension Service – Given later calving, 99 per cent of the cows are calving within the first two breeding cycles (42 days) at the Dickinson Research Extension Center. The center switched to May calving in 2012. So far, following late-calving on grass in 2013 and 2014, the cows have rebred very well. Again this […] Read more

Proximal droplets (l) and distal droplets (r)

Droplets: A common defect in young bull evaluations

Cattle producers often question semen evaluation forms for young bulls that report a lot of proximal and distal droplets. They cause frustration because the bulls must be retested. Droplets are probably the most common defect seen by veterinarians when performing breeding soundness exams in the spring. We see more droplets on average in young immature […] Read more


A trucker’s memories

2.4 million accident-free miles was enough for Laurin Dreher

The new year marked a milestone for Laurin Dreher who retired after 2.4 million accident-free miles transporting livestock from his home base, Dreher Livestock at Weyburn, Sask., to points across the western provinces, east into Ontario and south as far as Texas and west to Oregon and Washington. He so enjoyed Canadian Cattlemen’s December heritage […] Read more

A top-performing bull will leave a lot of daughters in your herd.

A successful calving season starts with your bull

My curling buddy is one of the best young cow-calf managers that I know. I recently asked him what his management strategies were for having a successful calving season. “The No. 1 issue is buying the best bull you can find,” my friend said. “Pay the extra money to get a top-performing bull as he […] Read more


Severe penile warts.

Penile problems in bulls

Many can be caught and fixed at a yearling semen evaluation

When examining young bulls for the first time we as veterinarians look for many conditions besides semen quality that may affect breeding ability. Many of these can be corrected but some result in bulls being eliminated from the gene pool. Young bulls are more commonly detected with seminal vesiculitis and other infections involving secondary sex […] Read more