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Take temperature into account when breeding back cows

Cattle producers are getting ready for the 2019 calving season. Right now, producers are getting their cows bred for next year. However, temperatures over 80 can cause complications during insemination. 

Oklahoma State Emeritus Animal Extension Scientist Glenn Selk says even in Iowa this time of year, heat stress can affect cow breeding. Selk says that a cow’s body temperature is lowest in the morning.

Selk says a cow’s core body temperature will continue to rise long after the daily high is recorded.

Selk says producers should try to refrain from working or inseminating cattle in the late afternoon or evening.

Selk says this may go against what a lot producers may have been taught.

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