Content tagged "breeding"

Estrous Synchronization Prostaglandin

Goats Updated: August 21, 2013

This hormone is naturally secreted from the non-pregnant uterus of the goat during the estrous cycle. It lyses (destroys) the corpus luteum so the cycle can...

Goat Reproduction Mating Systems

Goats Updated: May 24, 2013

In most areas of the U.S., goats are mated once yearly in the fall, during their natural mating season, for spring kidding. Animals bred at this time are...

Goat Reproduction Preparing for the Breeding Season

Goats Updated: May 24, 2013

Below are some suggested management practices:Doe Management1.) Provide additional feed to does and ewes one to two months prior to the breeding season....

Can roosters be infertile?

Small and Backyard Flocks Updated: October 17, 2012

Yes, it is possible for roosters to be infertile or to produce very few sperm. If your hens are producing a lot of unfertilized eggs, you can actually "milk"...

Goat Reproduction

Goats Updated: June 29, 2012

Understanding reproduction in goats is essential to increasing productivity, which is largely a function of pregnancy rate, the number of offspring born and...

Parentage of Apple Cultivars

Apples Updated: March 07, 2012

 Nearly all apple cultivars have two parents – just like humans!  Apples have a genetic system that generally prohibits self-fertilization.  This...

What are the advantages and disadvantages when choosing breed types?

Goats Updated: October 25, 2011

The choice of breed type should be influenced by the type of product to be produced, e.g.milk or meat or fiber.  Within each type there are several breeds...

What does "composite" in beef cattle mean?

Beef Cattle Updated: October 29, 2008

I recently purchased a three-year-old Limousin bull and five Brangus crossbred cows. What kind of offspring will result from this cross?

Beef Cattle Updated: February 21, 2008

When exactly is the beginning of cattle breeding season? What's the significance of having it during a particular time?

Beef Cattle Updated: February 19, 2008

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