Cow / Calf Corner

BeefTalk: Are 60 Percent Calving in First 21 Days?

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist NDSU Extension Service Just do it: Grab a pen and paper to calculate the percentage of cows calving in the first 21 days of the calving season. This is a very important number to record and think about as one develops management plans and reviews those plans. Why? The upcoming…

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Scours in Beef Calves Prevalent this Spring

By: Katie Allen  MANHATTAN, Kan. – Although many beef producers experienced more than the usual number of hypothermia cases in calves born this year due to several days of sub-zero temperatures, scours is still the No. 1 neonatal calf disease producers will fight year after year, according to K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek.   Hanzlicek, who…

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Make a record of twins

By: Glenn Selk Estimates of the percentage of beef cattle births that produce twins vary.  One estimate (Gilmore) puts the percentage at about 0.5% or 1 in every 200 births.  Approximately one-half of the sets of twins should contain both a bull and a heifer calf.    Make sure to write down these calf numbers of…

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BeetTalk: Check Those Bulls Now

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist Our thinking needs to move to the bulls in the herd because it is the time to start worrying. A bull that is not reproductively sound today more than likely will not be settling cows in June. The reproductive process in a bull is not something that can be turned…

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Shortening the Breeding and Calving Season

By: Katie Allen Shortening the Breeding and Calving Season   As many cattle producers consider rebuilding their herd, now is the time to think about shortening the breeding and calving season.   MANHATTAN, Kan. – Calves born in the first 21 days of the calving season are often the heaviest in their contemporary group at…

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