The links below offer a look at key research on the concept of fetal development - the idea that actions you take during late gestation can have an impact on the offspring either in final yield for steers or breeding impact for heifer progeny. Check out each section outlined below for more information.
Go to Page 6 of this link - Agricultural Research Division: Science for Life and check out "Fetal Programming Can Boost Profitability." The author explains the concept and ways you can improve calf management at a very early stage.
Go to Pages 5 through 8 in this comprehensive report link Nebraska Beef Cattle Report and read "Effect of Winter Grazing System and Supplementation on Beef Cow and Progeny Performance" for more information.
Finally, check out this report at the link Nutrition During Gestation and Fetal Programming for an in-depth look at the topic.
Understanding how these techniques can impact your cattle, can open doors to more profit down the road.