Pre-birth nutrition can impact calf’s lifetime performance
High Plains Journal
Some aspects of a calf’s life-time performance are affected by nutrition while in utero. The nutrients present in the pre-birth environment can affect life-time productivity and influence if the calf becomes a good cow or a bad cow, according to Professor Jim Drackley, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois. When the individual calf’s gene expression is modified, it impacts its life-time performance. The calf’s genetic DNA, however, does not change.