Beef Management Tips

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

April Beef Management Calendar

Spring Calving Herds
  • Finish 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 all calves at birth; castrate and implant 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
  • Implant calves at turnout if not implanted at birth
  • Keep high quality, high magnesium, high selenium minerals available
  • All bulls need a breeding soundness exam 30 days before start of breeding season
Fall Calving Herds
  • Creep graze calves while on cows
  • Give pre-weaning respiratory vaccinations - IBR, PI3, BVD, BRSV, pasteurella
  • Collect 205 day weights on calves; weigh and body condition score cows
  • Wean commercial calves based on marketing plan for calves - many valued added feeder cattle programs require calves to be weaned 45 days
  • Re-implant commercial calves - do not implant replacement heifers
  • Pregnancy check cows 60 days after bulls were removed
  • Continue feeding high magnesium minerals to prevent grass tetany
Pastures and Forages
  • Fertilize pastures and hay fields according to test
  • Begin managed intensive grazing
  • Check hay making equipment

April 2008

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