Fall management considerations for beef operations

US - As fall approaches, several activities take place in the beef operation.
calendar icon 18 September 2006
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Spring calving operations are weaning calves and culling cows, while fall calving operations are calving and tagging calves. Regardless of calving season, there are several fall management considerations all producers should consider.

"Those who run spring calving operations should evaluate their marketing options," says Justin Sexten, University of Illinois Extension beef specialist. "As calves are weaned and processed, consider adding value by enrolling in a preconditioning program."

Preconditioning programs may be sponsored by pharmaceutical companies, feed suppliers or marketing groups. The key to these programs is to know the requirements before processing calves. In some instances, preconditioning requirements are strictly limited to certain vaccines and procedures while other programs allow product and management flexibility to fit numerous operations. Preconditioning program selection should match the operation's marketing goals and weaning management practices.

Source: Agriculture Online

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