AGRICULTURE NEWS - Having a breeding (and calving) season can optimise the reproductive performance of a breeding herd and the pre-wean growth rate of calves.
This, in turn, can profoundly influence the profit margin of a beef cattle enterprise.
The aim of a breeding season is to get the maximum number of female animals in calf in a short period, and as cost-effectively as possible, for calving during a time that favours the following:
- Calf survival; and
- Pre-wean growth of calves.
The major factor governing a breeding season is nutrition. The most effective breeding season is one that makes optimal use of the cheapest source of high-quality feed, namely summer grazing.