Birth Weight-(beef cattle)

Beef Cattle May 09, 2012 Print Friendly and PDF

Birth Weight -(beef cattle)The weight of a calf within 24 hours after birth.

  • Estimated Progeny Differences- (EPD's) of the sire and dam are used to evaluate the genetic performance of the sire and dam to help determine birth weight before the calf is born.
  • Heavy birth weights are correlated with calving problems, but the conformations of the calf and the cow are contributing factors. Other factors that contribute to heavy or light birth weights are sire and dam breed genetics          


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.