Cow / Calf Corner

Waiting for Grass

By : Dr. Jeff Lehmkuhler, Associate Extension Professor, University of Kentucky   As spring approaches there a few things to keep in mind. Pasture conditions on many farms are going to be less than ideal. Heavy foot traffic combined with excess precipitation has led to a decline in swards. Spring growth could be hampered as…

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The third stage of calving: shedding of fetal membranes

By : Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist   The process of “calving” or parturition in beef cattle is defined by three stages. Stage I occurs about 4 to 24 hours prior to calving. The major event during stage I is the dilation of the cervix. Stage II occurs in about 30…

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Online Calving Management Guide Available

  By : Grant Dewell, ISU Extension beef veterinarianIn the beef industry, calving management is critical to production and profitability of the cow herd. Proper care prior to and at calving can help reduce incidence of dystocia, and also minimize deleterious impacts should dystocia occur. Knowing how to prepare, what to do and not do,…

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Selection for Milk in the Cowherd: How Much is too Much?

By : Travis Mulliniks, UNL Beef Cattle Nutritionist, Range Production Systems Using maternal genetics, calf weaning weight can have as low as a 5% influence on ranch profitability, due to increasing cowherd production costs. Photo credit Troy Walz. In beef production, we tend to overdue genetic selection with the mentality that “more is better” or…

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Timely Tips

By : Dr. Les Anderson, Beef Extension Professor, University of Kentucky Spring-Calving Cows * Observe spring-calving cows closely. Check cows at least twice daily and first-calf heifers more frequently than that. Be ready to assist those not making progress after 1 to 2 hours of hard labor. Chilled calves should be dried and warmed as…

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