The backbone of the United States beef industry is the cow/calf sector. As step one in the whole beef production chain, equal importance must be placed on both the cow and her offspring – be it a live suckling calf or a growing fetus.
The gestational period of a cow is nine months (289 days), which can be conveniently broken up into three blocks of time known as pregnancy trimesters. Generally speaking, a calf spends more time inside its mom then it does beside her. That being said, fetal development and research pointed at better understanding what happens during a cow’s gestation is critical to the overall success of cow/calf production.
Montana State University’s Beef Cattle Extension program hosted a series of online lectures this fall. The final instalment of the series was on Oct. 8, featuring Dr. Carla Sanford, MSU Extension beef specialist. During her talk, Sanford discussed a very important,