Beef Management Tips

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

March Beef Management Calendar

Spring Calving Herds
  • Move pregnant heifers and early calving cows to calving area about 2 weeks before due date
  • Continue 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 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; some protein may be needed also
  • Keep high quality, high magnesium high selenium minerals available
  • Purchase estrous synchronization supplies; line up AI technician or AI supplies
  • Order fertilizer; start getting equipment ready
  • Last chance to frost seed clovers this spring (Early in month)
Fall Calving Herds
  • Pull bulls to maintain a 60-75 day calving season
  • 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
  • Make first selection of replacement heifers
  • Order fertilizer; start getting equipment ready
  • Last chance to frost seed clovers this spring (Early in month)

Prevention key to reducing scours

The typically wet springs of the Mid-Atlantic and Southern regions create ideal conditions for calf scours.
  • Reducing exposure to scour pathogens is the key to preventing and reducing scours.
  • Cows should calve in clean pastures and cow-calf pairs should be moved to new well drained pastures 3 days after calving.
  • Move round bale feeders frequently to prevent concentration of pathogens.
  • Avoid ponds and streams as water sources if possible.
  • Isolate scouring calves and their dams from the rest of the herd.
March 2008

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