Increasing the profitability of beef enterprises involves lowering the costs of production, increasing the overall income, or a combination of both. In a breeding enterprise, the key area in both aspects of this equation is the management, and subsequent performance, of the breeding herd.
The primary focus of management of the breeding herd is to increase the number of calves each year that are:
Increasing each of these on an annual basis appears to ensure that maximum returns to the breeder will be generated, but at what cost? Within all breeding systems there are any number of complex interactions, and the overall management program should look at the most efficient and economic balance between each of these components.