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Gestational Protein Research

Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:53 am
by Traveler
https://cattlebusinessweekly.com/Conten ... s/1/1/9097

As one example, Blair shares that a study conducted by another research group indicates that a restriction in mid-gestation may affect formation of reproductive organs of progeny and could have negative impacts on fertility. Although reproductive response of heifer offspring was not evaluated in this particular study because all heifer offspring were harvested to determine impacts on carcass characteristics, this is an issue of extreme importance to producers.

Re: Gestational Protein Research

Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:46 pm
by mrj
Interesting reading that story. The research station is only about 40 miles from us, so may get to hear more about it. And will point our younger generation to look at the report.

As usual, Kindra Gordon has an interesting story of value to many ranchers.

mrj

Re: Gestational Protein Research

Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:47 pm
by redrobin
It might explain the over abundance of feminine boys and masculine girls in a society where low protein diets seem common

Re: Gestational Protein Research

Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:20 pm
by cow pollinater
Interesting but in my mind not a reason to start feeding better. You'd sure up your chances of getting a heifer bred but reduce your chances of finding out which cattle can hack it in hard times.
I've done a little digging into epigenetics where you program cattle in utero and that shows promise for making low maintenance cattle.