Source: Brian Cross,, October 11, 2019 

Lower quality feed can lead to a range of problems in cow herds, including more sickness and lower conception rates.

Instead of three- to five-percent open cows, eight percent may fail to get pregnant, said beef and forage specialist Barry Yaremcio of Alberta Agriculture.

“With the shortage of vitamins and poor quality forage that has been rained on, there is higher calf mortality and morbidity,” he said.

Calves and heifer replacements may not grow as well. Thin cows need more feed to stay warm over the winter, he said.

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