Early weaning calves has been a common practice this year to manage through the drought. However, how does early weaning affect the heifers meant for replacements?
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Now that calves are weaned and pregnancy checks are occurring, it's time cattle producers begin thinking about selecting replacement heifers to breed in the spring, explained Taylor Grussing, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist.
The main objective in developing replacement heifers is to have them reach puberty well before the first breeding season.
Genetic maternal traits, birthdate, mature size and a fit with the environment are all factors cattle producers need to consider when retaining replacement heifers.
Cattlemen shouldn't over-develop heifers prior to breeding.
The replacement heifer is the foundation of a productive cowherd and, it is important to give her the best chance at having a long and productive life in the herd.
Weaning is the time to begin the immunization program and determine a nutritional plan.