Reproductive Tract Score: A Tool for Evaluating Beef Heifer Reproductive Potential
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Binelli, Mario, Thiago Martins, Cecilia Constantino Rocha, Felipe A. C. C. Silva, João Bittar, Philipe Moriel, Angela Gonella-Diaza, Lauren Butler, and Cindy Sanders. 2021. “Reproductive Tract Score: A Tool for Evaluating Beef Heifer Reproductive Potential: AN370/AN370, 10/2021”. EDIS 2021 (6). https://doi.org/10.32473/edis-an370-2021.

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This publication explains the RTS methodology and suggests how it can be implemented in a cow-calf operation. Written by Mario Binelli, Thiago Martins, Cecilia C. Rocha, Felipe A. C. C. Silva, João Bittar, Philipe Moriel, Angela M. Gonella-Diaza, Lauren Butler, and Cindy Sanders, and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Animal Sciences, October 2021.

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