As calving season begins, it is wise to keep one eye on the weather and the other eye on the cows. Producers need to strive to save as many calves as possible through a high level of management.
By optimizing herd health and maintaining adequate body condition scores, your cows can rebreed early – giving you the best profits and optimal time to prepare for a stress-free calving season.
Take into consideration the time of day you are feeding your herd. Does it support calving in the daylight hours? Is your feed ample enough to maintain the optimum weight for your herd? Do you have adequate shelter for newborns? Not sure? Then download our free report: Best Practices for a Successful Calving Season.
Do You Typically Have Stressful Calving Seasons?
Take time to assess your surroundings and your situation before you dive head-first into calving season. Being prepared before it's time to calve will help reduce unnecessary headaches and keep money in the bank. What kind of shelter and facilities do you have? Is it adequate to house a cow and calf during the cold if needed?
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It Starts With Maternal Feeding
Time of beef cow feeding has been shown to influence the time of day when calves are born.
Body Condition Scoring
Adequate body fat adds quality and quantity to milk provided for the newborn calf. Lost fat should be a concern. That energy source affects vigor of the calf at birth.
Special Care For Heifers
A heifer in poor body condition after calving likely will not rebreed to calve the second year. The amount of fat on a heifer's back determines the care she needs. By rule of thumb, a heifer should calve at 85% of her mature body weight.
Don't Take Shortcuts When Feeding Minerals
Consider sending in forage samples for nutritional analysis before feeding it to late-gestation or early-lactation females to determine its nutritional quality. Make sure you have enough mineral feeders, and make sure they have mineral in them. If your mineral tubs are empty every time you go out to the pasture, you may not be doing something right.
Don't Ignore The Others
Even though a majority of your attention is offered to cows and calves during the calving season, don't forget your "sideliners": These are cattle that may escape your attention because they aren't doing much for the bottom line at this time of year.
The Bottom Line: Minimizing Stress During Calving Season
This free report offers you an in-depth look at a wide range of calving management strategies that can offer you guidance when preparing your herd for the season.
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