Calving Time

Nutritional needs of spring-calving cows and heifers

K-State beef veterinarian Larry Hollis comments on the nutritional needs of spring-calving cows and heifers in the weeks ahead of calving time. FULL STORY »

Supplement or replacer - What's the difference

Although February and March are still a few weeks away, looking ahead to the spring calving season requires that producers be prepared for those situations where mother-nature needs a little boost. FULL STORY »

Night time versus day time feeding influences time of calving

It is generally accepted that adequate supervision at calving has a significant impact on reducing calf mortality. FULL STORY »

Prepare before calving season begins

Although the spring calving season is still a couple of months away, now is a good time to make the necessary preparations that will come in handy when the first heifer needs help in the middle of the night. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Calving distribution key to reproductive success

Right now, cows are calving 88.8 percent of the time within the first 42 days of the calving season. That is good, so hats off to progressive cattle managers. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Pregnancy and calving percentages are stable

The main point is that the components of reproduction are very hard to pull out and fix. However, the sum of the pieces produces a calf at least 93.6 percent of the time for CHAPS (Cow Herd Appraisal Performance Software) producers. FULL STORY »

Fall calving fits Michigan’s climate for beef cow/calf herds

Calving cows in Michigan, during the months of September and October, frequently provides excellent environmental conditions for calf survival. FULL STORY »

Feed cost largest expense in custom calving

Drought is having a large impact on livestock producers because of the shortage of feed and forages. Cow/calf producers may be considering trying to find someone else that has ample feed resources to overwinter and calve out cows until they have sufficient forage to bring them back. FULL STORY »

October Beef Management Calendar

Follow these steps for your fall and spring calving herds going into the fall season. FULL STORY »

Controlling cattle parasites

As we manage the cow herd into the fall and through the winter, our primary focus should be on health and nutrition. These two areas of management determine reproductive performance, which is the number one factor that affects profitability. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Lowline influenced, sized right and grass ready

Starting in 1995, the Dickinson Research Extension Center noted the need to evaluate production costs and herd performance for late-spring (early May) calving in contrast to the traditional spring (late-March, early April) calving in southwestern North Dakota. FULL STORY »

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