Feed Those Soon-to-be-Born Calves Right for Long-Term Beef Herd Success

Feed Those Soon-to-be-Born Calves Right for Long-Term Beef Herd Success

A live calf is the obvious result of a successful pregnancy. But what was going on with that calf before it was born? Did the nutrition you provided to the pregnant cow each trimester help or hurt the potential production of that calf? Kelly Sanders will explain how providing the right kind of nutrition for the growing beef cattle fetus can support the long-term success of your herd.

 

Problems addressed in this session:

How the unborn calf is managed before its birth can help or hinder that animal’s performance. We can make improvements in the herd, starting with the fetus (known as fetal programming) that will benefit all segments of the beef industry.

 

Kelly Sanders with Westway Feed Products will describe fetal programming, what developments occur in each trimester of the cow’s pregnancy, how proper or improper nutrition affects fetal development and the long-term affects of fetal programming on the daughters’ ability to breed, carcass value, calf health, and calf performance.

 

Sanders will discuss this valuable concept in an easy-to-remember format. You will leave this session with an understanding of the economic gains to be had from proper management of the beef calf fetus.

 

Speaker: Dr. Kelly Sanders, Westway Feed Products

Friday, March 29, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
FWCC Room 203