beef cattle, heat detection, heifers, estrous synchronization
Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
New techniques and cheaper products for estrous synchronization of beef cattle have increased the use of this management practice for both commercial and seedstock producers. Hand-in-hand with synchronization comes the need to accurately detect heat in cows and heifers. Heat detection is simply looking for changes in a cow's behavior caused by her coming into, or being in, standing heat. The most definite behavioral change is standing firmly while mounted, with the mounting/riding process repeated several times.
Goehring, Terry, "Heat Detection in Beef Cattle" (2002). SDSU Extension Extra Archives. 42.
Updated March 2002