A.S. Series 72-2
The beef cow must be maintained throughout the year to produce only one useful product, a weaner calf. If she fails to wean a calf, the costs of maintaining her must be borne by the productive members of the herd. In the United States, the estimated percent calf crop ranges from 65 to 90% with 85% suggested as average for the more productive areas of the country. This means maintaining 100 cows for every 85 calves weaned. However, the rancher normally must add replacement heifers at the rate of 15% of the cow herd each year. This means marketing 70 weaning calves per 100 cows. One potential method of improving production efficiency is to increase the number of calves per 100 cows. Twinning could be a method of reaching this goal.
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Rich, T. D. and Johnson, C. L., "Increasing the Frequency of Twinning in Beef Cows" (1972). South Dakota Cow-Calf Field Day Proceedings, 1972. 5.