Pre-Breeding Considerations for the Development of Replacement Beef Heifers 1

Pedro Fontes, Nicky Oosthuizen, Carla Sanford, G Lamb
The efficiency of post-weaning development of heifers has a major impact on the overall profitability of cow-calf operations. To ensure satisfactory performance during the first breeding season, replacement heifers must be subjected to an adequate development program. A program should provide proper conditions for heifers to conceive, maintain full-term pregnancies, calve without assistance, wean a healthy calf, and conceive again as first calf-heifers. Knowledge of the basic physiology
more » ... physiology underlying heifer performance and the available breeding preparation strategies is important. This awareness allows producers to adjust their replacement heifer system and increase the economic returns of their operations.