Research has demonstrated that weight of the yearling heifer is an important factor affecting puberty and initiation of the reproductive cycle. Work at several institutions including South Dakota State has demonstrated that rate of gain from weaning to start of the breeding season influences the proportion of heifers that settle. The objective of this project was to provide the producer with an easy way of calculating this desired rate of growth.
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South Dakota State University
Jost, L.; Whittington, D. L.; and Minyard, J. A., "Calculating Optimum Daily Gain for Wintering Replacement Beef Heifers" (1980). South Dakota Cow-Calf Field Day Proceedings, 1980. 7.