Beef Management Tips

Dr. John B. Hall, Extension Beef Specialist, VA Tech, Livestock Update, February 2008.
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Beef Management Tips

February Beef Management Calendar

Spring Calving Herds
  • Have all calving supplies on hand and review calving assistance procedures
  • Move pregnant heifers and early calving cows to calving area about 2 weeks before due date
  • Begin calving late in month (some herds)
  • 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 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
  • Keep late pregnant cows gaining 1.0 lbs per day
  • Pregnant heifers and 3 yr olds should gain 2.0-2.5 lbs per day
  • Keep high quality, high magnesium minerals available
  • Vaccinate cows against scours if it has been a problem
  • Attend performance tested bull sale and/or order AI semen
  • Frost seed clovers (mid to late in the month)
  • Attend Virginia Cattlemen's Meeting in Roanoke
Fall Calving Herds
  • End breeding early in the month
  • Remove bulls to bull pasture and check condition
  • Begin creep feeding or creep grazing calves if desired
  • Plan marketing strategy for calves
  • Begin feeding high magnesium minerals to prevent grass tetany
  • Continue to check calves closely for health problems
  • Inventory winter feed supplies
  • Frost seed clovers (mid to late in the month)
  • Attend Virginia Cattlemen's Meeting in Roanoke
February 2008

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