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Ways to spot cows in heat are covered in this NebGuide.
Several factors are essential in maintaining a herd's reproductive health. Among the most important are: (1) maintaining accurate records, (2) knowing the visual signs of estrus (heat), (3) using proper heat detection aids, and (4) maintaining a herd health program.
By taking the four basic steps listed above, the expected calving interval for dairy animals will be close to the recommended 12 to 13 months. Beef producers need to strive for a 12-month calving interval to maintain a profitable enterprise.
This 12- to 13-month calving interval returns the most profit in product sold, and provides the operation with an adequate supply of heifers to maintain herd size.