Calving Time

Alternative weaning dates for fall-calving cows

Oklahoma State University animal scientists evaluated weaning dates of 158 Angus fall-calving cows over a 4 year period. FULL STORY »

Factors affecting birth weight

Calving difficulties account for a tremendous amount of economic loss in the beef cattle industry. FULL STORY »

Preparing for March Madness: Calving season

We’re entering two of my favorite times of year right now; basketball playoffs and calving season. They both represent the endpoint of a lot of time, energy, and resources. FULL STORY »

Programming your cow herd?

The last trimester prior to calving is a critical time for the cow. Research indicates that pre-calving nutrition and management impact cow health and production, subsequent reproductive performance, and immune response in the calf. FULL STORY »

Spring storm fronts impact calving patterns

Grandpa told dad, and dad told me that more cows will calve when a spring storm is rolling through. But is there any truth to this? Well, at home on the range it does seem to be the case. FULL STORY »

One calving season versus two calving seasons

The beef industry has seen a “down-sizing” due to the drought affecting many cow herds. Much has been written and spoken about the need to “rebuild the cow herd.” FULL STORY »

Cow-calf corner: Hidden costs of difficult calving Play video

Glenn Selk shares why prolonged or difficult delivery can impact future reproductive rates. FULL STORY »

Hypothermia & newborn calves

Whether you are a dairy producer who calves year round, a beef producer who may calve early, or if you have a calf that is born under less-than-desirable conditions, hypothermia is something that we need to be concerned about, especially this time of year. FULL STORY »

Rotating a calf at parturition to aid in delivery

Throughout the course of a calving season, some heifers and a few cows may need assistance at calving time. FULL STORY »

Feeding first-calf females after calving

Calving season has either started or is just around the corner. Although first-calvers represent your future brood cows, they require more labor, higher quality feeds, and they reward your efforts by weaning the lightest group of calves in the herd. FULL STORY »

It’s the calf’s call

Labor, it is nothing new to beef cattle producers. Be it spring or fall, calving season brings with it a bucket load of challenges and needs from the cowherd. FULL STORY »

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