All Hay Is Not Equal: Choose Your Livestock’s Carefully

By Heather Smith Thomas

Hay is the mainstay diet for our livestock. Learn the intricacies of hay types, nutritional content and quality before purchasing your next load.



Upcoming Webinar: Using EBVs

By Susan Schoenian

Using EBVs to Achieve Your Breeding Goals is the subject of the next webinar sponsored by ASI’s Let’s Grow Committee and hosted by Jay Parsons, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln. On Wednesday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m. CDT, Dave Notter, Ph.D., Virginia Tech University, will be presenting this webinar to address strategies to use EBVs to achieve breeding goals and manage genetic change in your flock.


Breeding Soundness Examinations of Rams and Bucks

By Lynn Pezzanite, Dr. Allen Bridges, Dr. Mike Neary, Terry Hutchens

For optimal farm productivity, producers should select rams or bucks that have the ability to settle a large portion of females early in the breeding season and sire offspring with the genetic potential for rapid, efficient growth. To help identify males that are capable or not capable of settling females, producers can perform breeding soundness examinations (BSEs). Up to 10 to 15 percent of rams and bucks are of unsatisfactory reproductive breeding quality. Utilizing a BSE to identify fertile males and eliminate males with sub-par (or inferior) fertility prior to the breeding season can improve economic returns to a flock or herd.