Effects of Body Condition on Productivity in Beef Cattle

William E. Kunkle, Robert S. Sand, and D. Owen Rae

University of Florida

Introduction

The income and profit of a beef cattle operation is closely related to the rebreeding and reproduction rate of the herd. A 1986 survey of cattle producers in nine counties in central Florida indicated the number of calves sold was only 69 percent of the breeding age beef cows. Of the 284 producers that responded, 48 percent indicated that nutrition was the biggest problem they faced in dealing with cattle reproduction; another 24 percent indicated that parasites were their biggest problem.

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