|Title||Growth patterns of range beef calves over discrete preweaning intervals|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1989|
|Authors||Havstad K, McInerney M.J., Church S.B.|
|Journal||Canadian Journal of Animal Science|
|Keywords||Calf production, live weight gain, rangelands|
Suckling range beef calf production demonstrates periodicity despite consistency of management. Performance of calves within 33- to 50-d intervals from birth to weaning over nine seasons demonstrated maximum interval growth of approximately 1 kg d-1, but average seasonal growth rates varied from 0.79 to 0.99 kg d-1.Maximizing available forages for the final 33 d preweaning could minimize seasonal variations in calf production.