Oklahoma Replacement Heifer Program
A program is in the works for a replacement-heifer program in Oklahoma.
by Kasey Brown, associate editor
STILLWATER, Okla. (Oct. 9, 2014) — Missouri and Kansas have replacement-heifer programs in place, and Oklahoma will soon join the ranks, said Megan Rolf, animal science assistant professor at Oklahoma State University (OSU). She revealed a few of the program components at the 2014 Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle (ARSBC) symposium in Stillwater, Okla., Oct. 8-9, 2014.
Megan Rolf, animal science assistant professor at Oklahoma State University, says Oklahoma will soon have a replacement-heifer program.
Scheduled to launch in 2015, Rolf admitted that she was being “deliberately vague” on the details of the program. She did say the health component will include a vaccination program and disease testing, and it will be designed to fit into current Oklahoma Quality Beef Network (OQBN) guidelines. This will allow cattlemen who raise steers for the OQBN to put their heifers in the heifer-certification program without having to change management strategies.
Requirements will also include reproductive practice guidelines and genetic guidelines, like calving-ease direct and use of high-accuracy artificial insemination (AI) sires. The program will offer enough flexibility to enroll registered, composite and crossbred heifers, she added.
Gant Mourer with OSU Extension is the on-campus contact, but she said if Oklahoma cattlemen are interested in the program, they should contact their county extension office for additional details and announcements as they become available.
Rolf spoke during Thursday’s ARSBC session focused on development of replacement heifers. For more information, visit the Newsroom at www.appliedreprostrategies.com to view her PowerPoint or listen to her presentation.
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