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Profitable commercial cow-calf production business models depend on effectively controlling costs while producing uniform groups of healthy and heavy calves. The most proven way effectively control costs of production and improve weaning weights and calving percentage is through a defined breeding season of 90 days or less. Although a large number of farmers have adopted this management practice, there are still producers in Virginia that leave bulls in with females all year round. This paper enumerates the benefits to moving to a defined calving season, and the obstacles to overcome as well as a proposed method for making the transition.
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
June 25, 2018