Monday, January 7, 2013

Show-Me-Select Heifer Program

The demand for high quality, reproductively-sound replacement heifers seems to be increasing. Rainfall in our area is going to be a big factor in demand, but we all agree that given low cow numbers prices for replacements may get really high in the near future. Many producers are choosing to purchase their replacement heifers instead of raise them. Heifers enrolled in Show-Me-Select participate in a year-round management program. Regional extension livestock specialists and local veterinarians work together on pre-breeding exams, vaccinations, parasite control, confirming pregnancy, and ensuring producers are utilizing bulls that meet specific criteria. Heifers in the program can be bred utilizing natural service sires or artificial insemination.

Most of the heifers enrolled in the Show-Me-Select program are non-registered and most never leave the home farm. They are kept as replacements by the producer or marketed directly off the farm. However, several go through Show-Me-Select replacement heifer sales located throughout the state. This year’s sale averages were $2097 at Palmyra, $2200 at Fruitland, $1953 at Kingsville and $1974 at Joplin.

How Do I Participate in the Show-Me-Select Heifer Program?
For spring-born heifers you need to enroll in the program by February 1, 2013. You must also become a member of Show-Me-Select, Inc. by paying a $5 membership fee. This can be accomplished by contacting your regional coordinator. Purchased heifers must be owned for sixty days prior to breeding. There are specific vaccination requirements for weaning, pre-breeding, and pregnancy check time. Pre-breeding exams should be conducted six weeks prior to breeding. The initial pregnancy check should be performed within ninety days of the start of the breeding season. Service sires must meet EPD requirements for birth weight or calving ease.
Click here for additional information about the Show-Me Select Heifer Program.

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