Selection for milk in the cow herd: How much is too much?

Selection for milk in the cow herd: How much is too much?

Travis Mulliniks

Progressive Cattleman

In forage-based beef systems, balancing the environment (forage quality and quantity) and cow requirements is a driver of production efficiency. The need for livestock producers to match cow size and milk production potential to forage resources in order to optimize forage utilization and reproductive efficiency is critical. Matching nutrient availability of the forage base with nutrient requirements of the cow has been recommended to efficiently utilize forage quality.

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