Bos Indicus Cattle Case Study

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Age of puberty attainment in beef cattle is an important aspect for producers. This is because age at puberty is a key factor for a heifer’s lifetime reproductive performance. Beef cattle management programs aim for heifers to conceive by two years of age, but this can be a challenge when producing Bos indicus cattle. Puberty attainment in Bos indicus cattle is considerably lengthier than Bos taurus cattle, with the age at first calving typically being 40 months or more (Nogueira, 2003). However, it is possible to manage the age of puberty in Bos indicus heifers with proper nutritional management, genetic selection, biostimulation, and progesterone based treatments.
Late onset of puberty in Bos indicus cattle is believed to be partly environmental
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