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January Beef Management Tips

10 January 2009

Beef Management Tips

Beef management tips for November, by Dr. Scott P. Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, Beef, Virginia Tech.

Spring Calving Herds
  • Inventory and organize calving supplies
  • Keep late pregnant cows gaining 1.0 lbs per day
  • Pregnant heifers and 3 yr olds should gain 2.0-2.5 lbs per day
  • Provide high quality minerals
  • Review calving assistance procedures
  • Stockpile a few gallons of colostrum
  • Assess bull battery for spring breeding, make plans for acquiring new bulls
  • Order semen for AI
  • Soil test pastures not tested in last 3 yrs
  • Order clover seed for frost seeding later this winter

Fall Calving Herds

    Begin/continue breeding
  • Check cow and bull condition
  • Supplement energy to young bulls during breeding season
  • Send in forage test if not done earlier this year
  • Continue to check calves closely for health problems
  • Re-implant September and early October born calves that were implanted at birth
  • Soil test pastures not tested in last 3 yrs
  • Order clover seed for frost seeding later this winter

January 2009

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