Previously, we described calving distribution and reproductive rates from CHAPS20Y, an Extension beef cattle data set. In this article, we describe CHAPS20Y data on birth weight, weaning weight, pounds weaned per cow exposed, calf age at weaning/weighing, average daily gain, weight per day age, frame score, and cow age, weight, and condition. Yearly mean weights and growth are consistent over the 20-year period, with variation among herds. Breed, management, and environmental differences may explain some of the variation. Our analysis of the CHAPS20Y data provides Extension professionals with expanded knowledge of beef cattle weights and growth and, accordingly, improved ability to help producers more effectively manage their herds.
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Ramsay, J. M., Hulsman Hanna, L. L., & Ringwall, K. A. (2017). Maximizing Use of an Extension Beef Cattle Data Set: Part 3—Weights and Growth. The Journal of Extension, 55(5), Article 4. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.55.05.04