The Price of Muscling Up

The Price of Muscling Up

Robert Waggener

Progressive Farmer

How much muscle do we need in a commercial beef cow? That question intrigues Oklahoma State University Extension beef cattle specialist David Lalman, who believes ranchers need to be cautious in any program that’s aggressively selecting for muscle and growth. The natural outcome is often greater weight and less body fat in mature cows, a combination that can hurt reproductive performance.

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