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Cow Condition and Reproductive Performance
Range Beef Cow Symposium
  • Julie Walker, South Dakota State University
  • George Perry, South Dakota State University
Date of this Version
12-11-2007
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Published for the Proceedings, The Range Beef Cow Symposium XX December 11, 12 and 13, 2007 - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA.

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Copyright 2007, the authors.

Abstract
It has been understood for decades that reproductive performance is the most important factor affecting production efficiency of a cow-calf enterprise. To maintain a yearly calving interval (one calf every 365 days), a cow must re-breed in 80 to 85 days after calving. With the nutrient priority of beef cattle being body maintenance, growth, lactation, fetal growth, breeding, and body reserve according to Short et al. (1990) indicates that reproduction is low on the list. Body condition score at parturition has been implicated as the single most important factor affecting postpartum interval to estrus and pregnancy in multiparous cows.
Citation Information
Julie Walker and George Perry. "Cow Condition and Reproductive Performance" (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/julie-walker/16/