How Can We Improve Replacement Heifers as We Rebuild the Cowherd?
The beef industry is currently experiencing a climate that few, if any, generations have ever encountered. Beef demand is soaring, both nationally and internationally, cattle prices continue to break all-time highs, and environmental conditions in many regions of the U.S. have put a premium on calves and replacement females. One of the areas of greatest potential to increase profitability and sustainability in livestock operations is to capitalize on the heifer enterprise. However, to rebuild the national cowherd in the current economic climate, producers and scientists are going to have to increase the use of technology and outside the box thinking to remain competitive in the global market. Applicable Research is needed to answer relevant production questions that will enable to not only grow the U.S. cowherd, but to remain competitive in global markets.