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Prior to breeding/mating, all breeding animals should have a minimal body condition score of 2 ½, their legs and feet should be in good condition, worm loads low, and they should be vaccinated. If possible, you also want to have your males evaluated by a veterinarian for breeding soundness at this time to diagnose possible issues before breeding. To flush females, provide additional feed in the form of lush pastures or by supplementation with grain. This works best for thin and older females.
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
February 20, 2018