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A replacement heifer represents the most costly improvement in a herd's genetics. Since reproductive traits are lowly heritable, cattle producers must manage within the environment.
It is important to properly develop heifers before the breeding season and to continue managing them during and after the calving season.
The perfect beef cow has the right mix of traits. Her ability to prosper in her environment and deliver a health calf every year are most important.
Reproductive failures, which lead to financial loss, can occur in any cow-calf operation. Here are the top 5 causes.