Suther's Perspective

Heifer nutrition now can save later

Looking at the next 60 days of winter may be the most crucial time for our pregnant first calf heifers.  With drought conditions being what they were this past summer many heifers are possibly headed into this winter under conditioned.  Being under conditioned coupled with the possibility of receiving inadequate nutrition this winter may lead to low calf vigor this spring and poor reproductive performance to follow.

Therefore it is important to body condition score our animals to make sure they have adequate fat stores.  These fat stores allow for ample production of quality milk for the calves as well as provide enough body stores to re-breed properly.  Body condition scoring is explained in the attached document from Mississippi State or on page 7 of the NCBA red book.  There is also an app available for smartphones that allows you to track you BCS.

 

BCS_Guide

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