Heifer nutrition post-breeding critical for success
Getting them bred the first time is hard. That’s why the nutritional plane for first-calf heifers during and after breeding season is critical in making them, and you, successful.
To begin, replacement heifers should have a body condition score of 5 or 6 and range between 55% and 65% of their mature weight, say South Dakota State University (SDSU) animal science specialist Julie Walker and SDSU beef reproduction specialist George Perry.
Perry and Walker note that heifers' grazing skills and dietary habits are acquired early in life, and this learning is important to develop the motor skills necessary to harvest and ingest forage. They recommend that animals are allowed to increase their consumption of grazed forage to meet nutrient needs.
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