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A replacement heifer represents the most costly improvement in a herd's genetics. Since reproductive traits are lowly heritable, cattle producers must manage within the environment.
NF402 and Heavy Grazer II have both shown excellent winter hardiness when compared to other oat cultivars grown in the Southern Great Plains.
Proper off-season management of bulls can ensure longevity within the herd and a subsequent successful breeding season.
It is important to properly develop heifers before the breeding season and to continue managing them during and after the calving season.
The primary goal of Noble Research Institute’s Small Grains Breeding Program is to develop small grains cultivars with increased grazing tolerance, winter hardiness, forage yield and forage quality to benefit livestock production.
My first week at the Noble Research Institute has flown by and has been packed with meeting new people, learning about a new state and settling into my summer home in Ardmore, Oklahoma.