Previous work at this station has established a need for predictors of cow efficiency available at weaning or yearling ages. While the weaning weight of a cow's calf has relatively high accuracy in predicting the efficiency of the dam (60 to 70%), the weaning weight of the cow has only a 1% accuracy. This study was undertaken to determine if levels of circulating growth hormone measurable at young ages would provide a useful means of predicting cow efficiency and other measures of cow performance.
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South Dakota State University
Lingscheit, T. W. and Dinkel, C. A., "Growth Hormone as a Predictor of Future Performance in Beef Females" (1982). South Dakota Cow-Calf Field Day Proceedings, 1982. 8.