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Nutrition and Reproduction

by Meghan Richey for Angus Productions Inc.

“Fertility and reproductive traits are lowly heritable, so we need to manage for them,” said Rick Funston. “You can do everything right with genetics in your program, but if you manage poorly you can change all that potential very rapidly.”

Funston spoke Jan. 29 at the Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle symposium hosted in conjunction with the 2010 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas.

He shared a few tidbits for successful nutritional management of a cow herd:

Click here for audio to presentation. (6.6 MB mp3)
Click here for speaker's proceedings. (300 KB pdf)

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