Pedro Fontes

  • Dr. Francine Henry, Beef Extension Specialist at UGA, Tifton Campus We successfully ended the 2021-2022 Georgia Bull Evaluation season with the Tifton Bull Sale on March 2nd. In this article, Francine Henry gives an overview of the Tifton portion of the Georgia Bull Evaluation and provides a summary on the metrics and accomplishments of the…

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  • Do Tannins Have a Place in Beef Production

    Andrea Osorio-Doblado and Dr. Darren D. Henry Tannins can be perceived as “antinutritional factors” in ruminant diets. However, when they are provided from low to medium concentrations (< 50 g/kg DM), tannins can improve utilization of feed protein and positively influence animal performance. This short article provides an overview of the potential use of Tannins…

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  • Dr. Pedro L. P. Fontes – Reproductive Physiologist As we approach the upcoming breeding season, cattle producers are starting to plan their breeding programs for this spring. While estrus synchronization can eliminate the need for estrus detection, identifying females in estrus can help cattle producers further explore the benefits of artificial insemination and embryo transfer.…

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  • Dylan Davis and Dr. Lawton Stewart – Late summer and early fall have been exceptionally dry. The USDA Drought Monitor indicated that 100% of the state of Georgia was experiencing some level of drought at the beginning of October. This is double trouble for producers because many have missed at least one or two cuttings…

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  • The Hot Air Around Methane

    Dr. Darren Henry – Beef cattle nutritionist It is not difficult to find somebody talking about methane these days. Simply turn on the TV, open your computers to your news affiliate of choice, or log into most any social media platform. Everyone has an opinion about CH4, and that is one of the main problems:…

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  • Tough Conversations

    Jason Duggin – Extension Specialist The topic of cow size could lead to some tough conversations on our operations. Cow inputs account for most of an operation’s expenses on a per head basis. With that in mind, this article will take look at cow weights and how they might affect net return in cow-calf herds.

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  • Dr. Pedro Fontes – Reproductive Physiologist Several different protocols are currently available to synchronize beef females and producers are often overwhelmed with the complicated terminology and large numbers of protocols. To overcome the challenges associated with the selection of an estrus synchronization protocol, Extension personnel across the U.S. developed different tools to facilitate the selection…

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  • Dr. Francine Henry – Beef Cattle Nutritionist Winter supplementation of energy and protein are crucial to maximize the herd’s performance. Fall-calving herds are typically near peak lactation this time of the year meaning that cows are at their greatest nutrient requirements. In this article, Dr. Francine Henry discusses important concepts for a successful winter supplementation…

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  • Pedro L. P. Fontes – Reproductive Physiologist – Cow-calf producers have traditionally struggled to capture value when marketing calves with superior genetics for terminal traits. However, today, this scenario is changing. Cattlemen that produce genetically superior calves that will perform well in the feedlot and produce superior carcasses can take advantage of value-based marketing opportunities…

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  • (Tommie Sheperd – Agribusiness Economist) As 2021 heads into the home stretch it looks as if forecasts for improving cattle prices may finally materialize as several developing trends finally begin to come together. Higher slaughter rates, lower animal weights, and a smaller calf crop in 2022 all signal a tightening of supply. In this article,…

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