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Two weeks after calving, cows lose body condition. But if she is short on nutrients, too, that drop-off can set off a chain reaction that's hard to stop.

Don Hubbell has both a producer's eye and a researcher's curiosity when it comes to cattle. He is director of the University of Arkansas Livestock and Forestry Research Station, in Batesville, and has his own cow herd, as well. His aim this time of year is to be sure cows calve at a BCS (Body Condition Score) of between 6 and 7. The same holds ...

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