As you look ahead to weaning this year’s calves, it’s time to consider how to keep and use weaning-weight records.
Kansas State University extension specialists list some records for analyzing weaning weights:
- Individual weaning weights or group averages This basic information helps you monitor the effect of changes in management or genetics. Individual weights are best, but if you sell your calves shortly after weaning, you can use group sale weights.
- Identification of calves Individual identification of cows and calves is critical for identifying dams that produce poor-performing calves.
- Birth dates of calves Reproductive efficiency has a strong influence on weaning weights, and tracking the percentage of calves born 21, 42 and 63 days of calving can provide a measure of this efficiency. Increasing numbers born late in the season could indicate a need for changes.