The beef cow inventory is at its lowest level in over 50 years. Boehringer Ingelheim Professional Services Veterinarian Dr. Lee Jones believes heifer retention depends on good pasture conditions. “You see on social media that people are running out of feed already and we still have a few more months of winter,” said Jones. “We owe our living to sun, rain and six inches of quality topsoil so we need Mother Nature’s cooperation if we’re going to stay in business and grow our herds.” With the current price of replacement heifers, it is important that prevent disease, accelerate growth and improve reproductive efficiency. “You deworm those heifers and keep parasites under control, they’re going to grow better and more of them are going to get pregnant on the front end of the breeding season.” The RRFN interview is online.
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