As feed prices rise, calf prices tend to trend lower, and ranchers may consider backgrounding calves for a period of time to help get calves through weaning stress and develop immunity through administered vaccines.
Providing assistance to cows or first calf heifers generally concentrates on the survival and health of the calf. However, calving difficulty resulting in prolonged labor can have adverse effects on the cow as well.
Producers who want to improve the genetic makeup of their beef herds often turn to AI as a tool to accomplish that goal. Many times, these producers have very high expectations as they begin the first season of AI.