You remember the old saying, If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. Applying that to your heifers, it could be, If mama ain’t fed right, baby ain’t gonna do good.
A recent study at North Dakota State University with yearling beef heifers in early pregnancy examined and compared two groups of heifers that were managed the same prior to breeding, but after breeding were assigned to different levels of nutrition, reports the University of Nebraska Lincoln.
This study shows that the nutritional status of beef heifers in the very earliest stages of pregnancy impacts how genes are expressed in their developing fetus. What isn’t known is how this change in gene expression would impact the developing fetus as a calf throughout its life. Future research into the impact of nutrient status of dams in early stages of pregnancy on fetal development may provide producers with information to help them make strategic nutrition management decisions.
Click here to read the North Dakota study.
Click here to read the UNL report.