Beef Management Tips

Dr. John B. Hall, Extension Beef Specialist, VA Tech, Livestock Update, December 2007
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Beef Management Tips

December Beef Management Calendar

Spring Calving Herds
  • Market backgrounded calves
  • Feed replacement heifers to gain 1.5 – 1.75 lbs per day or use the Target Weight method to calculate rate of gain
  • Monitor body condition of cows
  • Test hay for nutrient content and supplement accordingly –Don’t Guess
  • Increase energy during cold periods
  • Check heaters in waterers regularly
  • Attend bull and replacement heifer sales
  • Market cull cows this month or January
  • Send in soil samples if not done earlier this year.
  • Enjoy the Holidays!

Fall Calving Herds
  • Begin breeding season on cows; complete AI on heifers
  • Monitor body condition on cows and especially first calf heifers
  • Keep 2 and 3 year-old cows separate from main herd
  • Feed cows extra energy after calving; some protein may be needed also if good stockpiled forage is not available.
  • Cows calving at BCS < 5 should receive special nutritional attention.
  • Keep high quality, high magnesium, high selenium minerals available
  • Monitor condition and health of all bulls; remove and replace injured or thin bulls
  • Check heaters in waterers regularly
  • Send in soil samples if not done earlier this year.
  • Enjoy the Holidays!

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