Nutrition at early stages of life determines the future growth and reproductive performance of beef calves
Flowers and inflorescences of 'Bloomify Red' lantana grown outdoors in ground beds in full sun in Florida. Figure 2 from publication EP544/EP544: ‘Bloomify™ Red’ and ‘Bloomify™ Rose’, Two Infertile Lantana camara Cultivars for Production and Use in Florida. Credit: UF/IFAS.
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Moriel, Philipe. 2017. “Nutrition at Early Stages of Life Determines the Future Growth and Reproductive Performance of Beef Calves: AN335, 10/2017”. EDIS 2017 (5). Gainesville, FL.


Metabolic imprinting is the process by which calf nutrition, during first few months of life, may permanently affect the metabolism and performance of beef steers and heifers. Early-exposure to high-concentrate diets may enhance growth performance of beef steers, as well as, enhance the growth performance and accelerate puberty achievement of beef heifers. Identifying strategies that can enhance calf performance during early postnatal life may provide unique opportunities to optimize feed resources and increase the profitability of beef cattle operations.
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