by Darrh Bullock, University of Kentucky
Reproduction is typically a lowly heritable trait, but there are genetic practices that can help improve reproduction rates.
Reproduction has a great impact on the profitability of beef cattle producers and is therefore an important consideration when making genetic management decisions. Due to the low heritability of most reproductive traits many producers feel there is little that can be done through genetic management and rely solely on other management practices such as health programs and nutrition management. While nutrition and health are critical to good reproductive rates, this publication will focus on genetic practices that can have a positive impact on reproduction. [Read more…]