June and July are months to let Mother Nature take her course, says Kansas State University Extension cow-calf specialist, Twig Marston. Native grasses are at peak production and little supplementation is needed with the exception of some minerals. He offers the following tips for maintaining herd health and nutrition in early summer:

Herd health

  • Monitor and treat pink eye.
  • Provide fly control.
  • Monitor and treat foot rot.
  • Avoid handling and transporting cattle to reduce heat stress.
  • Vaccinate replacement heifers for Brucellosis if within proper age range (4 to 10 months).
  • Continue anaplasmosis control program according to your veterinarian's recommendations.
  • Consider deworming intensively grazed cows.

Forage/pasture management

  • Check and maintain summer water supplies.
  • Place mineral feeders to enhance grazing distribution.
  • Check water gaps after possible wash outs.
  • Harvest hay in a timely manner, striving for quality and quantity.
  • Harvest sudan and sudan hybrids for hay in the boot stage, normally 3- to 4-feet in height.
  • Provide ample shade.