Previously, we created a 20-year data set, CHAPS20Y, from historical data generated by Cow Herd Appraisal Performance Software, a beef management program. In this article, we describe CHAPS20Y calving distributions, including yearly means and 20-year averages. Yearly mean calving distributions are consistent over the 20-year period, but yearly herd minimum and maximum values vary greatly. Herd-to-herd differences in nutrition, breed, environment, and management may explain this variation. We used CHAPS20Y as a tool for understanding calving distribution and increasing the Extension knowledge base. Extension professionals can use this knowledge to help beef producers set and achieve their herd management goals.
Ramsay, J. M., Hulsman, L. L., & Ringwall, K. A. (2017). Maximizing Use of an Extension Beef Cattle Data Set: Part 1—Calving Distribution. The Journal of Extension, 55(3), Article 1. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol55/iss3/1