Tag Archives: Ky Pohler

Why are we leaving reproductive technology sitting on the shelf?

By; Dr. Ky Pohler Increasing reproductive efficiency with technology at hand is vital to improving beef production. Many technologies developed in the last 20 to 30 years have helped increase reproductive efficiency. Some producers were early adopters and have used these technologies successfully for years. Yet, there’s still room for more technology adoption, as USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring System data indicates only: 18% of operations palpate for pregnancies 2.2% ultrasound for pregnancies 7.9% use estrus synchronization 7.6% use artificial insemination (A.I.) Taking a step back, 54.5% of cow-calf… Read More →

Is that cow pregnant?

By Robert Fears The first step in increasing calving percentage is to select proven herd sires and then check cows for pregnancy. Characteristics of an ideal pregnancy test are the ability to identify correctly pregnant animals (high sensitivity) and non-pregnant animals (high specificity) as well as being simple and inexpensive to conduct under field conditions. Some tests provide additional information such as embryo or fetal viability and fetus sex. Various methods of pregnancy checks were discussed in a presentation given by Ky Pohler of Texas A&M AgriLife Research… Read More →

Applications available for 44 Farms International Beef Cattle Academy

Beef industry professionals can apply now to be part of the Class of 2019-2020. COLLEGE STATION, Texas. – Applications are open for the 44 Farms International Beef Cattle Academy. Now in its second year, the academy offers a one-year, comprehensive online certificate program to beef industry professionals through Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. “Our inaugural class is wrapping up their learning experience, and student feedback so far has been tremendous,” says Reinaldo Cooke, program coordinator and associate professor at Texas A&M University. “We worked to develop the strongest course… Read More →