The functional cow

The functional cow

Bonnie Warnyca

Alberta Beef Magazine

"Smaller animal = lower feed requirements = more fertility = more longevity = more $ per acre." – Terry Gompert, Extension Educator, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.

Look at your herd. Look at the cow over the age of 7 or 10 that has had a calf every year of her breeding life. She is a superior female and she may be black, or red or white or colored; it really doesn’t matter. "There are three points to consider when searching for that cash cow or functional cow," says Terry Gompert. "First find the cow that has survived a significant amount of time without any special feed or conditions. Second, this cow must have had a live calf every year. Third, there are no other points to consider when looking for a superior female."

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