If adequate forage is available, expected higher cattle prices should provide the incentive for producers to retain heifers for breeding from this year's calf crop
As a field demonstration of the effect of these markers on meat tenderness, 40 genotyped steers from the 2008 calf crop
at SFREC were selected and divided into two groups: one with the most tender genotypes, and the other with the least tender genotypes.
A slight increase in beef output over the next 18 months is seen as a likely consequence of the disruption suffered so far, but few livestock market analysts believe the industry is willing or able to finish the total export calf crop
as carcases which would be suitable for the UK meat trade.
Bord Bia said China's calf crop
is forecast to be down 4% to 41 million head in 2010, yet China's efforts to grow domestic production continue, following the removal of 1m dairy cows in the wake of the melamine scandal in 2008.
In 2010, we produced 40 million calves, more than a million less than the year before and making the 17th consecutive year the calf crop
dropped on a year to year basis.
Cows in labor for long periods of time have poor reproductive performance in the subsequent breeding season, resulting in a reduced or delayed calf crop
the next year," he points out.
Making sure you have a capable bull is a key to a good calf crop
from your beef cow next year.
During fiscal year 2005, in order to take advantage of record high prices for calves, the Company sold a portion of its calf crop
that would have normally been delivered to western feedlots.
No business carrying breeding stock can afford to risk discovering infection on their farms and then finding their entire spring's calf crop
The drop is due to continued low calf prices and a lower calf crop
in 2009, reflecting market uncertainty, the report added.
Half of those embryos were implanted in Brahman cows, half in Angus, and the first calf crop
is now on the ground at Brooksville and available for study.
Continuing declines in the breeding herd have resulted in what will likely be the smallest calf crop
in 2001 since at least the 1950s, and the calf crop
in 2002 will likely drop even further.