Nebraska is nationally known as the Beef State. Our team provides research-based information and resources to beef producers to help them provide an economical, safe, quality product to consumers while protecting and preserving Nebraska's vast natural resources.

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Beef Systems

 Research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has shown that plane of nutrition prior to and through the breeding season influences time to first heat and conception rate, especially for replacement heifers and young cows. Thin cows in less than a body condition score (BCS) of 5 should be gaining weight from calving through breeding. Cows in a BCS of 5 or 6 need to at least be maintaining body condition during this time. Overfeeding cows to a BCS of 7 or greater is not only costly but negatively impacts pregnancy rates as well.