The Impact of Reducing the Length of the Calving Season

The Impact of Reducing the Length of the Calving Season

T. R. Troxel and B. L. Barham, University of Arkansas

Having a defined breeding season, and thereby a defined calving season, allows producers to devote more attention to cows during calving, a critical time in the production process when adverse events can dramatically affect production. In a USDA (2009) survey, 54.5% of the beef cattle operations accounting for 34.1% of all the beef cows did not have a set calving season.

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