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Producer Perspective: How's Your Calf-Crop Looking This Year?

fall-2008-088.jpg Although massive amounts of rain and some spot flooding made this summer very interesting, we did manage to get our hay put up, and our calves are thriving on creep feed and an abundance of pasture grass. Our rotational grazing system is working well and we'll soon be moving the pairs to the summer-annual plots we planted for supplemental grazing at the end of the season. It seems fall is just around the corner, and our family will be busy getting the lots ready for weaning time.

How’s your calf crop looking this year? When do you plan on weaning? Have your calves been on creep feed this summer? How are things in your neck of the woods? Do you have ample moisture to get you through the summer grazing season? Or, are you in the areas experiencing drought? This is truly my favorite time of year, and I look forward to comparing notes on how your calves are doing.

BEEF magazine has a wealth of information on weaning calves, including a recent article by Harlan Hughes entitled "Longevity vs. Weaning Weights." Another article of interest was written by Larry Stalcup in the August issue of BEEF and discusses how preconditioning calves adds value. Look to BEEF as one your one-stop shop for information on the beef cattle business, and let me know how things are going back home.