The U.S. cow herd is growing smaller, limiting the number of feeder calves. “The beef /dairy crosses are really helping fill the gap on tonnage that we’re having with the lack of feeder calves,” said Ted Perry, head of beef technical solutions, Purina. There is a distinction between true beef breeds and dairy/beef crosses. “It just isn’t a better Holstein, they have to be treated and fed differently so they don’t get thrown into acidosis.”
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