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Skinny Cows Make Fatter Calves

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Ground breaking research shows, the feeding recommendations we’ve used to ensure pregnancy are propping up inefficient cows AND skinnier cows make more resilient calves that gain better on pasture.

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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.


  1. Jim says:

    Is there any carryover to sheep? I pasture a katahdin/dorper flock with no grain supplement, and although the ewes get pretty skinny by the time the lambs are weaned, by the time fall comes the ewes have regained condition and the lambs are ready for market. Any similar research for sheep?

  2. tauna says:

    Is there any viable research comparing calving as 2 vs 3 which includes reasonable cost figures of development as well as dystocia data? I’ve switched to 3 year old calving and absolutely love it! No dystocia, high percentage bred grown out with the cows – no special diet or treatment. Makes life so much easier for me. Others who have switched sing its praises and anecdotally say those females allowed to mature before calving actually stay in the herd longer as well as live longer. Thanks – this article is very interesting – has suspected this could be true, but never saw anything to support it.

  3. John King says:

    Can someone put up or send me the link to the paper please as for some reason its not working for me. Thanks

  4. Matt Ricketts says:

    Good article and great research. We have seen the disparity of NRC feed requirements and raising cattle in rangeland environments for decades. It is different, but the best starting place we had. This is confirming many ranchers observations.

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