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Feed To Breed
Mon Oct 21, 2013 09:19 AM CDT

Talk to Robert Bach any month of the year, and the veteran cow/calf producer is focused on producing winter feed. He knows the body conditions of his cows will determine pregnancy rates and, at the end of the day, his operation's profits.

Winter feed is his top priority for maintaining Body Condition Scores (BCS.)

Bach, who runs his herd in Bath County, Ky., keeps 275 cows and heifers in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. By Northern Plains' standards, Bach's area isn't Artic-cold. But winters are long, wet and chilly. Night-time temperatures hover ...

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