Early Weaning and Part-Year Confinement of Cattle on Arid Rangelands of the Southwest
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CitationHerbel, C. H., Wallace, J. D., Finkner, M. D., & Yarbrough, C. C. (1984). Early weaning and part-year confinement of cattle on arid rangelands of the southwest. Journal of Range Management, 37(2), 127-130.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
JournalJournal of Range Management
AbstractThis study compared part-year confinement of cows with yearlong placement on rangeland and weaning calves in late May with regular weaning in mid-October. Weaning rates tended to be higher with part-year confinement than with yearlong placement on rangeland (86% vs. 72%) and with early weaning in May than with regular weaning in October (86% vs. 72%). There were significant year effects in weaning weights with the lowest weights in drought years. The production per cow exposed tended to be higher with part-year confinement than with yearlong placement on rangeland (134 kg vs. 110 kg), and with regular weaning than with early weaning of calves (156 kg vs. 88 kg). Part-year confinement of cows and early weaning of calves are useful tools for the range manager in droughty years.