Beef Management Tips - May 2007

By John B. Hall, Extension Animal Scientist, Beef, Virginia Tech.. Beef managment tips for May.
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Beef Management Tips

May Beef Management Calendar

Spring Calving Herds
  • Calving should be coming to an end.
  • Give pre-breeding vaccinations to cows – IBR, PI3, BVD, BRSV and Lepto
Use modified live vaccines on cows with calves; killed vaccines on pregnant cows
  • Begin estrous synchronization programs for AI (begin AI this month some herds)
  • Breed heifers 2 to 4 weeks before cows
  • Breeding soundness exams need to be performed on all bulls
  • Supplement 1st calf heifers with energy through breeding
  • Implant calves at turnout if not implanted at birth
  • Keep high quality, high magnesium, high selenium minerals available
  • Make 1st cutting of hay
  • Start creep grazing and/or managed intensive grazing
Fall Calving Herds
  • Creep graze calves while on cows
  • Give vaccinations for Virginia Quality Assured program (VQA)
  • Wean calves based on marketing plan for calves – must be weaned at least 30 days for VQA weaned program
  • Implant calves at turnout
  • Deworm calves if needed
  • Make 1st cutting of hay
  • Continue feeding high magnesium minerals to prevent grass tetany
Continue managed intensive grazing; hay pastures with excess forage

May 2007

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