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August Beef Management Tips

25 August 2008

Beef Management Tips

By Dr. Scott P. Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, Beef, Virginia Tech. Beef managment tips for August.

Spring Calving Herds
  • End breeding season early in month (if not already stopped); remove bulls
  • Manage 1st calf heifers separately- provide access to highest quality forages and supplement if needed
  • Plan marketing program for calf crop
  • Line up pre-weaning vaccinations for calves to be sold value-added programs such as VQA
  • Continue fly control program
  • Continue feeding high Selenium trace mineral salt
  • Continue creep grazing and grazing warm season grasses
  • Fertilize pastures that will be stockpiled for fall-winter grazing
  • Move cattle to some hay fields to give pastures a rest
  • Evaluate winter feed supply and options
Fall Calving Herds
  • Body condition score cows
  • Separate thin cows from rest of the herd- provide access to highest quality forages and supplement if needed
  • Prepare for calving season; make sure you have all equipment and supplies
  • Continue fly control program
  • Continue high Selenium trace mineral salt
  • Move cattle to some hay fields to give pastures a rest
  • Fertilize pastures that will be stockpiled for fall-winter grazing
  • Market calves early in month if not already done, or continue backgrounding program
  • Evaluate winter feed supply and options
August 2008

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