Strategic Supplementation of Young Cows for Reproduction
Rachel Endecott, Extension Beef Specialist, Montana State University
Maintaining a yearly calving interval is imperative for a beef cow to remain a profitable calf producer in the herd, and can be a demanding task for young range beef cows. Even with supplementation, young cows experience a period of negative energy balance and weight loss before and after calving, and their response to supplementation may vary from year to year. Poor reproductive performance of first–and second–calf cows is a challenge faced by cow-calf producers in the West.