Weaning

How weaning management can get calves off to the right start for stockering

Weaning can be a very stressful event in the life of a calf. It is not uncommon for calves to be weaned abruptly, separating the calf from the cow and immediately moving the calf to some new environment away from its dam. FULL STORY »

Early weaning spring-born calves

The summer of 2011 has caused many Southern Plains cow calf herds to be culled extensively or sold out completely. FULL STORY »

Early weaning during drought makes sense

The drought of 2011 is turning out to be one of the worst on record. Most Texas and Oklahoma producers are looking for things that they can do to save what little forage they have and to conserve the amount of hay and feed they will need until green-up next spring. FULL STORY »

Tips for managing cattle in drought from Noble Foundation consultants

Early weaning of calves is a common drought management practice. Removing calves from cows at approximately 300 pounds or 75 days of age decreases cow nutritional requirements and gives producers the ability to stretch limited forage resources. FULL STORY »

Don’t waste a source of valuable information

Too many times the following statement is made when a production animal dies or aborts: “well that’s just one of those things and you can’t lose them if you don’t have them”. FULL STORY »

Early weaning: Nutrition and cost considerations

The nutrition of the early weaned (90-120 days of age) calf is not greatly different than that of the normal age (~205 days) calf; however, there are several key factors to consider. FULL STORY »

Weaning spring-born beef calves in ultra-dry conditions

K-State beef veterinarian Larry Hollis has a word for cow-calf producers with ultra-dry pasture conditions about weaning spring-born beef calves extra early this year FULL STORY »

Optimizing weaned calf value

Cow-calf producers with calves to market in the fall should use the summer months to develop a plan. Specifically, are the calves going to be sold at weaning or are they going to be kept until a later date to make additional income? FULL STORY »

Early-weaning factors to consider

With the hot, dry summer currently being experienced in many parts of Kansas and other states, traditional weaning plans may need to be significantly altered. FULL STORY »

Is it time to consider early weaning?

One way to reduce the nutritional needs of a brood cow is to wean her calf. Dr. Tom Turner, OSU Department of Animal Sciences Emeritus, suggests the following considerations regarding weaning management. FULL STORY »

Weaning fall-born calves

Many cow/calf operations with fall-born calves will wean the calves in mid to late June. Weaning during very hot summer weather is stressful enough to the calves. FULL STORY »

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