Shoot-N-The Bull - On Target Tips

Here is a program that I use on my herd of Red Poll cattle.  We artificially inseminate most of the cows and I use a super clean up bull on them afterwards to keep a short calving season.  My good friend and mentor Dr. Dan Schmiesing from St. Henry, Ohio helped me work out this program.  He is a veteran bovine reproductive specialist that worked with me to get the job done quickly and cost effectively.  I encourage others to work with their local veterinarian and livestock agent to make your breeding program successful too.

The first thing you should do is choose the date you want to start calving.  So figure when to breed your cattle and back the date back two weeks to start your Ova-Sync program.

Day 1  -  Inject 7 cc of prostaglandin into the muscle of each cow.

Day 3  -  Inject 2 cc of CysterillinTM into the muscle of each cow.

Day 11 - AM inject 7 cc of prostaglandin into the muscle of each cow.

Day 13 - AM inject 2 cc of CysterillinTM into the muscle of each cow.

Day 13 - PM artificially inseminate your cows 12 hours later from the morning injection.

Remember – any time you see a cow in standing heat - breed her 12 hours later.  “Believe your eyes”.

14 days after I have bred the herd by semen I turn out the clean up bull. 

Palpate your cows 35 days after the A. I. breeding.  If pregnant, the cow conceived from the A. I. bull.  Those cows that were not diagnosed pregnant will be palpated again in 35 - 45 days.  If they are pregnant now, it is from your clean up bull.

Good luck on this program designed to shorten your calving interval as well as achieving more uniformity in age and size of your calf crop.