Each day this week, I’ve posed a question for readers to weigh in on for a chance to win a pair of Heat Holders® socks. During the course of this week, 10 commenters will take home a pair of these socks, which are marketed as being more than 7x warmer than regular cotton socks and 3x warmer than ordinary thermal socks. So far this week, we’ve discussed cull cows, buying bred cows, and forages for late fall and early winter. Today’s topic is marketing spring-born calves.
Our family business is selling bulls, so once we’ve selected the bulls to put in our sale and the replacement heifers we plan to keep, we typically market the remaining calves at our local sale barn in late November. By then, the calves are bunk broke, as well as castrated, dehorned and vaccinated. Depending on the market, we might hold the calves longer or let them go sooner, but we typically shoot for a late November marketing date on these calves.
Meanwhile, many of our friends and neighbors sell their calves right off the cow after weaning. Others retain their calves until January, if they have the feed supplies available.
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So today’s question is, “When do you typically market your spring calf crop?” Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. Three winners will be randomly selected and announced on Monday. Good luck!
Yesterday’s question asked, “Which forages do you utilize in late fall and early winter?” Our three winners are Chuck Tollefson, Alex Broussard and Frank Schlichting.
Chuck Tollefson says, “I graze regrowth after forage sorghum has been harvested, cows eat it to the ground. Cornstalks are getting harder to get cows to graze. Possibly biotech has altered the structure of the plant. I am not alone in this observation.”
Alex Broussard writes, “We use round bales that consist of Bermuda and/or bahia that has been stored in the barn. Also toward the end of September or early October, we overseed Nelson tetraploid ryegrass with a mixture of clover to help with protein and not have to supplement as much.”
Frank Schlichting adds, “We have the cows out on an alfalfa hay field. We had an amazing year this year. We live in northern Canada. I have never seen as much pasture and such good hay yields. We got two cuttings of alfalfa (something that never happens), and the regrowth from the last cutting is as good as the two crops that we took off! We will be weaning late since the cows are so fat and the calves are still gaining a lot of weight.”
Thank you again to all of you who participated in this week’s daily questions. It was very interesting to read about your different production methods from across the country. Be sure to weigh in on today’s question regarding marketing time for your calves.
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