Beef Management Tips

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

September Beef Management Calendar

Spring Calving Herds
    • Test hay for nutrient content and make decisions on supplements now!
    • Give pre-weaning vaccinations to calves for VQA program
    • Pregnancy check cows
    • Body condition score cows at weaning and separate thin cows
    • Put open, old and very thin cows on cull list
    • Make arrangements for backgrounding calves
    • Continue feeding high Se trace mineral salt
    • Continue to stockpile grass, if possible
Fall Calving Herds
    • Body condition score cows; plan nutrition grazing program on BCS
    • Inventory feed supplies for winter, make decisions on alternative feed supplies now!
    • Make sure all calving supplies are on-hand and clean
    • Move pregnant heifers and early calving cows to calving area about 2 weeks before due date
    • Start calving
    • Check cows 3 to 4 times per day; heifers more often – assist early if needed
    • Keep calving area clean and well drained; move healthy pairs to large pastures 3 days after calving
    • Ear tag 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 especially to two-year-olds. Cows calving at BCS < 5 should receive special nutritional attention
    • Keep high quality, high Selenium, high magnesium minerals available
    • Purchase estrous synchronization supplies; line-up AI tech or AI supplies

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