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Which comes first, calving or rebreeding?

Author: Kristy

Calving is often 1st priority, but don’t leave rebreeding as an afterthought

“Calving and rebreeding ideally occur within a relatively short, but very critical, 85-day window,” says Chad Zehnder, Ph.D. and cattle consultant with Purina Animal Nutrition. “How a heifer or cow calves out at the beginning of the window will impact her ability to get bred at the end of the window, and how quickly rebreeding occurs will impact a cow’s ability to stay on a 365-day calving cycle.” (Courtesy Photo

SHOREVIEW, Minn. — You’ve heard the dilemma, “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” A similar dilemma plays out in the cattle industry each year as we start preparing for calving season.

Which comes first, calving or rebreeding? You might put all of your eggs in the calving “basket,” since a live, healthy calf is often first priority. But a calf is ultimately the result of a successful breeding period, and preparation for calving and rebreeding should occur simultaneously.

“Calving and rebreeding ideally occur within a relatively short, but very critical, 85-day window,” says Chad Zehnder, Ph.D. and cattle consultant with Purina Animal Nutrition. “How a heifer or cow calves out at the beginning of the window will impact her ability to get bred at the end of the window, and how quickly rebreeding occurs will impact a cow’s ability to stay on a 365-day calving cycle.”

Here are four strategies you can implement now to prepare for spring calving and rebreeding:

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