Research Shows How Early-Calving Heifers Improve Bottom Line

Research from across the United States proves females that calve earlier in the season net more profit for their owners - according to Northwest Missouri State University Animal Scientist Eric Mousel. He says over their lifetimes - early-calving heifers will earn around 11-hundred dollars above salvage value - while those who calve later in the season return half as much - dragging down the profitability of the entire herd. Mousel says while it's interesting to see more productivity and longevity out of early-calving heifers - it really does make a difference on the bottom line. Even more incentive to keep early-calving females - according to Mousel - is they produce better-carcassed cattle - since research shows carcass quality is tied to longevity - which is tied to those early-calving heifers. Mousel thinks that's something the industry will see more of in the future. Regardless of marketing - he says that's something any producer can benefit from.

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