It's 2015 and beef cattle producers are gearing up for calving season. With cattle prices expected to remain strong moving forward, keeping these pricey calves alive is critical this winter. University of Missouri livestock specialist Eldon Cole offers cattlemen several management practices that can help them this coming season.
Cole estimates that between 60% and 65% of calves arrive in the first four months of the year in Missouri. "The number born each month varies but February and early-March probably have the most activity," Cole explains. Although preparation varies from farm to farm, here are some basics management practices to consider.
"Sort cows as much as possible into appropriate management groups," he says. "At least separate the fall calvers, even late summer calves, from those due after Jan. 1."
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