In Boulder City, Missouri, Jarod Kennedy’s first calf heifers are thriving, boasting a 98% calving rate this year. This impressive statistic is no accident; it’s the result of Jarod’s commitment to a rigorous breeding program, focused genetics, and optimal nutrition.
Jarod shared, “Well, in reality, it’s a breeding program, genetics, and nutrition. Those are the three that make it all work.” His approach is straightforward but effective, emphasizing the importance of each factor in the overall health and productivity of his heifers.
A significant change in Jarod’s operation was the introduction of MasterHand Milling’s distillers grain range cubes, which he fed to the heifers since weaning. Jarod said he only fed one to two pounds per day but the supplement played a crucial role in growing and developing the heifers.
“Good grass, good quality hay. These heifers never got more than two pounds a day of the DDG cube,” he said.
Prior to using the DDG cube, Jarod fed his cattle a typical 14% pellet, which required four to eight pounds daily per head to achieve similar, though not quite as impressive, results.