The clock is ticking as we prepare for our annual weaning weekend on my family’s cow-calf operation. The usual mad dash to clean pens, move hay feeders, fix fences, move pairs home from far-away pastures, get vaccines ready, and all the other details has been heightened this year as we scramble to finish a new fence-line feed bunk project we started earlier this fall.
While there are many ways to wean calves, we typically sort, vaccinate, deworm, dehorn and weigh the calves on the same day to get a stressful day over in one shot for the calves. Because we creep feed, the calves are usually pretty quick to find the feed bunk, and in a few days the mooing quiets down, and it’s back to business as usual in our seedstock operation.
I love this time of year because we work closely with family and neighbor friends, swapping labor on each other’s outfits to get the weaning and preg-checking done. There’s plenty of early mornings, laughter, and piping hot bowls of chili and stew after the work is done.
In the spirit of our weaning weekend, I’ve rounded up five weaning resources from the BEEF archives that are worth revisiting, including:
How do you wean your calves? When do you market and sell your calves? Share your business strategies in the comments section below?
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