Cattle Nutrition for Reproductive Success It's All in the Numbers

85 days to rebreed, 60-day calving window and a BCS 6. Keep your bred cows and heifers profitable.

Cattle Nutrition for Reproductive SuccessIt's All in the Numbers

85 days to rebreed, 60-day calving window and a BCS 6. Keep your bred cows and heifers profitable.

Take Control of Your Profit Potential

When forages and other conditions might change, there’s one thing you can always control – cattle nutrition. That’s where the Purina® All Seasons Cattle Nutrition Program comes in. This program helps improve conception rates, tightens the calving window and gets more calves on the ground quicker.

The Numbers Don’t Lie:

Impact of Cattle Nutrition on Breeding

The connection between high-quality cattle nutrition and reproductive success has been proven time and again, with results shown in the bottom line. 

  • Reliance on grass as the sole source of nutrition and inadequate supplementation are the major causes of poor rebreeding performance and lower weaned calf weights.
  • Cows managed for optimal body condition at calving (6 BCS) have shown to rebreed with conception rates of 88% or greater.
  • Minerals help a cow repair her reproductive tract from calving and prepare for rebreeding. If the tract is not fully repaired, a cow may have challenges being rebred or may not breed back at all.
  • Up to the point a replacement heifer is bred the first time, the investment is nearly $2,000.2  For a herd with 100 replacement heifers, $30,000 is potentially lost if 15% of heifers don’t breed back.
  • Research showed when cows calved at a 6 BCS, 98% showed estrus by day 40 of the breeding window and 90% were confirmed pregnant by day 40.3 
  • Calf age has the most significant impact on weaning weight. Calves born in the first 21 days of the calving window are likely heavier at weaning. Estimating that a calf gains between 2.25 to 2.5 pounds per day, every heat cycle is worth roughly 50 pounds.

Mineral and Supplements to Fit Your Herd's Needs

Cattle mineral and protein supplements, like Wind and Rain® Storm® Mineral and Accuration® supplements help maintain consistent body condition scores year-round for greater breeding rates.

Try the products with a Proof Pays feeding trial.

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Swine Nursery Weights

Which Comes First, Calving or Rebreeding?

Calving and rebreeding ideally occur within a relatively short, but very critical, 85-day window. So how do you succeed with both?

Preparation Is Key

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Raise Your Future Cows Right



Developing replacement heifers is a fancy way to say, “raising your future cows.” It’s also a long-term investment because the payoff is a better future herd.

Maximize Your ROI
Gut Health

How to Improve BCS to Get Cows Rebred



Don’t get caught playing catch up. It’s never too late to evaluate pre-calving nutrition to set your cows up for rebreeding success.

Get Them Rebred

Ready to Start?

Let’s outline a nutrition program to meet your breeding goals.

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1 Rasby, R. J., Stalker, A., and Funston, R.N. Body condition scoring beef cows: A tool for managing the nutrition program for beef herds. Retrieved Nov. 2, 2017 from: http://extensionpublications.unl.edu/assets/pdf/ec281.pdf
2 Hughes, Harlan. Thinking about herd expansion? Keep these points in mind. Retrieved June 5, 2015, from: http://beefmagazine.com/blog/thinking-about-herd-expansion-keep-these-points-mind
3 Rasby, R. J., Stalker, A., and Funston, R.N. Body condition scoring beef cows: A tool for managing the nutrition program for beef herds. Retrieved Nov. 2, 2017 from: http://extensionpublications.unl.edu/assets/pdf/ec281.pdf