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Calf wastage - how big an issue is it?

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Fordyce, G. and Burns, B. (2007) Calf wastage - how big an issue is it? In: Proceedings, Northern Beef Research Update Conference. North Australia Beef Research Council , Australia.


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What is calf wastage. Breeding female cattle in north Australia contribute best to business success by producing a heavy weaner each year at the first weaning round. This maximises increase in value by the cow unit over the year, generally from mid-year to mid-year. The ability to cycle in both maiden heifers and lactating cows is the primary limitation to achieving this. Wastage of a calf at any stage between conception and weaning also substantially limits fertility and value increase at a herd level. Embryo loss may result in later calves as cows re-conceive; the calves produced are smaller at weaning and have to be weaned later into the dry season. Late calf wastage usually results in breeders missing a calf for the year. Late calving often also results in failure to cycle, thus cows rear a calf in the subsequent year.

Item Type:Book Section
Corporate Creators:QPIF, DEEDI
Additional Information:© North Australia Beef Research Council
Keywords:Animal Nutrition; beef cattle; cow; weaner; fertility.
Subjects:Animal culture > Cattle
Animal culture > Feeds and feeding. Animal nutrition
Live Archive:26 Oct 2010 06:06
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:48

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