April Beef Management Tips

Beef management tips for April, by Dr. Scott P. Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, Beef, Virginia Tech.

Beef management tips for April, by Dr. Scott P. Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, Beef, Virginia Tech.

Spring Calving Herds

  • Finish calving
  • Check cows 3 to 4 times per day, heifers more often to assist early if needed
  • Keep calving area clean and well drained, move healthy pairs out to large pastures 3 days after calving
  • Ear tag all calves at birth; castrate and implant male calves in commercial herds
  • Give selenium and vitamin A & D injections to newborn calves
  • Feed cows supplemental energy after calving; some protein may be needed also
  • Keep high quality, high magnesium, high selenium minerals available
  • All bulls need a breeding soundness exam at least 30 days before start of breeding season
  • Fertilize pastures and hay fields according to soil tests
Fall Calving Herds
  • Creep graze calves while on cows
  • Give pre-weaning respiratory vaccinations IBR, PI3, BVD, BRSV, pasteurella
  • Collect weaning weights on calves; weigh and body condition score cows
  • Wean commercial calves based on marketing plan for calves
  • Re-implant commercial calves (do not implant replacement heifers)
  • Pregnancy check cows 60 days after bulls were removed
  • Continue feeding high magnesium minerals to prevent grass tetany