Weaning

Why is 45 day weaning so important to feeder calf health?

Most of the “value-added” calf sales require that the calves are weaned at least 45 days prior to sale date. Some cow calf producers may wonder why the post-weaning period needs to be so lengthy. FULL STORY »

Light weight calf management

Early weaning of beef calves is a powerful management tool for dealing with drought and feed shortages. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Drought strategy: Wean the calf, salvage the cow

Everyone is tired of hearing about drought. The skies are stark blue, usually considered nice, but most would appreciate some clouds and rain. FULL STORY »

Weaning and receiving calf management

The nutritionists and consultants at Great Plains Livestock Consulting Inc., Eagle, Neb., offer these recommendations for weaning and receiving calves. FULL STORY »

Cow-calf corner: Colostrum necessary to newborn calf Play video

Glenn Selk explains why newborn calves should receive colostrum as soon as possible. FULL STORY »

Management and culling strategies for cows during drought

With water and feed resources for cattle limited by hot, dry weather, management and selective culling is important to maintain a viable herd and maximize performance of the limited resources. FULL STORY »

Plan ahead when vaccinating early-weaned calves

Veterinarians and cattle producers have long embraced pre-weaning vaccinations as effective ways to reduce the impact of respiratory disease in calves following the stress of weaning. FULL STORY »

Beef production strategies during the drought

As the weeks continue to pass without any significant rain in the Midwest, it is getting increasingly difficult to find feed for livestock. FULL STORY »

Early weaning, DDGS feed could cut costs for cattle producers

If the drought forces producers to feed a larger portion of distillers dried grains with solubles, cattle can maintain gains and improve meat quality if the animals are weaned early. FULL STORY »

Wean calves early to reduce pasture demands

Cow-calf producers should consider weaning calves now to help reduce the demand on pastures and get cows in better condition prior to winter. FULL STORY »

Consider early weaning as drought continues

Expanding drought conditions are once again leading many cattle producers to manage for diminished pastures and a lack of harvested forages. FULL STORY »

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