“When heifers get pregnant is extremely important to profitability,” says Rick Funston, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) beef reproduction physiologist at the West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte. “A cow that calves in the first cycle during her lifetime will produce the equivalent of two more calves on the same resources. That’s powerful.” There are two parts to this equation: when heifers calved the first time and when in the ...

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