EBLEX has published a new manual on feeding suckler cows and
calves, as part of its Beef Better Returns Programme.
“To cover her costs, a suckler cow needs to calve on practically
the same day every year of her breeding life,” says EBLEX
scientist Dr Liz Genever. “The 80-day period from calving
to conception is crucial to maintaining a tight annual calving
At present, for every 100 cows/heifers put to the bull in the
UK suckler herd; just 88 calves are born alive. This drain on profits
results from embryonic losses, abortion and still births, but above
all from poor conception.
“Fertility is the key to profitable suckler cow production,” Dr
Genever explains. “Producers have got to get as many of their
cows back in calf as possible, around the optimal conception date
11 to 12 weeks after calving. Achieving this relies on carefully
managed body condition and appropriate feeding throughout the year.”
The new manual explains the importance of nutrition throughout
the annual cycle of the suckler cow - highlighting ways to minimise
costs while optimising fertility, calving ease and milk yield.
This easy-to-read booklet also includes useful information on
feeding the cow and calf, preparing cows and heifers for calving,
weaning strategies, dry cow management and fattening cull cows.
It is available free of charge to English levy payers by contacting
the BRP team on 0870 241 8829 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org.
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