“With the spring calving season and the national animal-identification program beginning to materialize, it is a good time to think about management consideration and records to collect,” says Rick Rasby, University of Nebraska extension beef specialist.

Besides identifying the calf, he advises producers to document the age of the calf. Record the dates of the beginning and end of the breeding season, as well as the dates of the beginning and end of the calving season. “File this information so that it can be found if needed and can follow this calf crop if necessary.”

At the minimum, he suggests collecting and keeping the following information on this year’s calf crop:

  • ear tag number
  • date of birth
  • sex of calf
  • color marking of the calf that could be used for identification.