The start and end of the breeding season needs to be put on the calendar just like other special events.
The most ideal time for most small scale producers to pregnancy check their cows is at weaning.
Pregnancy checking opens doors for producers to manage their herds strategically.
Information on when cows did get pregnant during the breeding season can be very informative.
When it comes time to cull cows from your herd, pregnancy status is one of the first criteria that will determine whether a cow stays in the country or goes to town.
Extending the breeding season will have the carry over effect of transitioning a portion of the herd from Spring or Summer calving to a Fall calving season.
Pregnancy diagnosis is a very valuable tool in the beef industry.
Keeping one cow over winter can cost $100-$200 in feed and supplements so removing open cows can help decrease winter feed costs.