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Rangeland researchers advise smaller cows for better herd results

Statistical model shows smaller cows have distinct advantages over larger ones in pastures where cows don’t have much to consume.

Ranchers running beef cattle on dry and dusty landscapes should consider smaller cows to get the best out of their herd. That’s the recommendation of a recent interdisciplinary study involving rangeland researchers in Oregon, Wyoming and Oklahoma.

Breeding smaller cattle could be a long-term strategy that will help ranchers and may ease pressure on an increasingly drought-prone range, said Leticia Henderson, a livestock and range extension agent at Oregon State University.

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