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Impact of early calving replacement heifers on cow-herd production and longevity

Pedro Fontes, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Beef Extension Specialist –

Cattle producers commonly evaluate reproductive performance by determining how many cows became pregnant during the breeding season. Although pregnancy rates are important, when females become pregnant within the breeding season is also a key component of cow-calf profitability. In this short article, Dr. Fontes discusses the production implication of getting heifers pregnant early in the breeding season.