Beef Management Tips - November 2007

By Dr. John B. Hall, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, VA Tech. Beef management tips for November.
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Beef Management Tips

November Beef Management Calendar

Spring Calving Herds
  • Body condition score cows and separate thin cows
  • Market calves at graded sales, telo-auction or as off-farm truckloads
  • Background calves for sale in December, if possible
  • Feed replacement heifers to gain 1.5 - 1.75 lbs per day or use the Target Weight method to calculate rate of gain
  • Cull open, old and very thin cows; check feet and legs, udders and eyes
  • Test hay for nutrient quality
  • Get list of bull sales coming up early this winter
  • Remember VAPAH Bred Heifers sales
Fall Calving Herds
  • Finish calving
  • Check cows 2 to 4 times per day, heifers more often - assist early if needed
  • Keep calving area clean and move healthy pairs out to large pastures 3 days after calving
  • Ear tag and dehorn all calves at birth; castrate male calves in commercial herds
  • Give selenium and vitamin A & D injections to newborn calves
  • Feed cows extra energy after calving; stockpiled fescue will take care of needs. Cows calving at BCS < 5 should receive special nutritional attention.
  • Test hay for nutrient quality
  • Look for opportunities to secure low-cost feed supplies of bulk feeds or commodity feeds
  • Keep high quality, high magnesium, high selenium minerals available
  • Begin breeding replacement heifers late this month; try AI on heifers
  • Get breeding soundness exams done on all bulls
  • Last minute to buy bulls at November-December bull sales
November 2007

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