Moving Beyond Weight as the Only Predictor of Breeding Readiness: Using a Breeding Maturity IndexNebraska Beef Cattle Reports
Date of this Version1-1-2009
AbstractA maturity index (MI) was developed using data from Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory to predict a heifer’s optimal size for breeding. It was developed from observable information such as age, feeding regime, pre-breeding, birth and dam weights. The MI was the most precise predictor of actual percentage of mature weight versus using estimates developed from the herd’s estimated average weight or the dam’s mature weight. The MI also was a more accurate predictor of first pregnancy than the typically applied measure.
Citation InformationMatthew Stockton, Roger K. Wilson, Richard N. Funston, Leslie Aaron Stalker, et al.. "Moving Beyond Weight as the Only Predictor of Breeding Readiness: Using a Breeding Maturity Index" (2009)
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