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Year-Round Cow
Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:23 AM CDT

Kelly Smith's cow herd has always had his complete attention when dams are in their last trimester of pregnancy. Now, he's focused on every stage, making sure dam and calf are always getting everything they need.

This focus is really a process called fetal programming. The Franklin, Ky., cattleman explained that nutrition throughout a cow or heifer's pregnancy impacts her calf's organ and muscle development after birth, as well as gain, carcass characteristics and reproduction. Shortchange the dam and the calf will struggle from the start.

Here's why. During the very early part ...

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