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Breeding Worries
Mon Jan 21, 2013 07:55 AM CST

Light stocking rates through a parched summer delivered Zak O'Brien's cows to weaning time in pretty good shape. The worst of the Oklahoma winter lies ahead, however, and some of those females may need a nutritional boost to maintain or gain condition before calving.

Knowing thin cows won't breed back as efficiently next spring, O'Brien closely monitors cow condition. In his herd, lighter-condition cows at weaning time are more likely to be young cows that are still growing. The South Coffeyville cattleman splits his Brangus-Angus herd into three separate groups for feed management: ...

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