Beef producers may have a real opportunity this year to shorten the breeding season. Reducing the calving season to 45 to 50 days for replacement heifers and 60 to 70 days for cows has some real economic advantages. The open winter with minimal snow cover and mild temperatures permitted most cows to carry good body condition all the way through calving. Cows maintaining a body condition score of 5 (moderate flesh) will cycle sooner and rebreed earlier at a higher rate. There are a number of reasons for maintaining a short breeding season: 1....
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