Why the Packer Loves Cowmen: Part IV, Selection of Reproduction Season

by Dr. Jimmy T (Gunny) LaBaume

To improve conception and calves weaned per cow requires several things and one of the most important is deciding when the breeding season should start.

The factors involved in this decision include prices, weather during calving and breeding and feed available during lactation and breeding (which does not receive nearly enough attention).

A shift in the breeding season of between two weeks and two months can make a considerable difference in cow condition at breeding due to increased availability of grass.

The energy requirements of a cow are related to when she is bred—being high during the last 100 days of gestation through breeding. To ensure conception, she needs a rising plane of nutrition starting two weeks before breeding and continuing for three weeks after the breeding season begins. Once bred, her requirements drop but those of the calf continue to rise.

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Dr. Jimmy T (Gunny) LaBaume (send him mail) is President & CEO, Land & Livestock International, Inc. providing a complete line of management & consulting services to the range livestock industry.

About Land & Livestock Interntional, Inc.

Land and Livestock International, Inc. is a leading agribusiness management firm providing a complete line of services to the range livestock industry. We believe that private property is the foundation of America. Private property and free markets go hand in hand—without property there is no freedom. We also believe that free markets, not government intervention, hold the key to natural resource conservation and environmental preservation. No government bureaucrat can (or will) understand and treat the land with as much respect as its owner. The bureaucrat simply does not have the same motives as does the owner of a capital interest in the property. Our specialty is the working livestock ranch simply because there are so many very good reasons for owning such a property. We provide educational, management and consulting services with a focus on ecologically and financially sustainable land management that will enhance natural processes (water and mineral cycles, energy flow and community dynamics) while enhancing profits and steadily building wealth.
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