February and March are heavy calving months. Management decisions during this period will dramatically affect your operation’s productivity. You should consider implementing the following programs:

  • Monitor body-condition scores (BCS): mature cows should be in moderate condition (BCS 5) while first-calf heifers should be slightly fleshier (BCS 6).
  • Monitor calving cows on a regular basis.
  • Separate pairs from gestating cows: this will provide a cleaner environment for the calves and optimize feeding programs.
  • Feed pregnant females late in the day to stimulate daytime calving.
  • Record birth weights and calving ease scores.
  • Monitor calf scours and treat immediately.
  • Reduce the impact of cold stress by providing shelter and wind protection.
  • Continue supplement programs and increase the level for the higher requirements of lactating cows.