What Is the Economic Impact of Infertility in Beef Cattle?

Cattle at the North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianna, Florida.

Producers cannot completely control infertility in their cow herds. However, understanding and addressing the factors that affect infertility will help producers implement management practices that can improve fertility and reduce the negative impacts of infertility on the profitability of beef cow-calf operations. This 4-page fact sheet discusses reasons why beef cows fail to become pregnant or wean a calf, identification of infertile beef cows, and economic impacts of reduced fertility and infertility in beef cattle. Written by Chris Prevatt, G. Cliff Lamb, Carl Dahlen, Vitor R. G. Mercadante, and Kalyn Waters, and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Animal Sciences, revised September 2018.

AN208 What is the Economic Impact of Infertility in Beef Cattle?

AN208, a 3-page fact sheet by G. Cliff Lamb, Carl Dahlen, and Mary Maddox, describes the problem of infertility, how cattle producers can calculate the impact on their own operations, factors that contribute to infertility, and total cost to Florida beef producers. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Animal Sciences, August 2008.