Calves are ideally weaned when they are 7 to 8 months old. The right time to wean a calf depends on the amount of forage to eat, and the condition of the cow, not entirely on the age of the calf. Calves should be weaned before the body condition score of the cow falls below 3.5. It is important that the cow recovers and that the secretory tissue be restored before the next calf is born.
Research has shown an increase in pregnancy rates with a “Flushing Effect”. In other words, cattle bred on an increasing plane of nutrition have exhibited higher pregnancy rates than cattle bred on a declining plane of nutrition.
Horn flies are one of the most economically damaging pests of domestic cattle. They cause billions of dollars of damage and loss to the cattle industry each year. The horn fly is a small blood-feeder found in constant association with grazing cattle and in smaller numbers on drylot or indoor cattle. They are ferocious and painful biters and more than 400 per animal will affect the health and productivity of cattle.
Delivering harvest forages to your cows can be expensive, so if you have the option to let your cows graze to meet their nutrient needs it is a great benefit. Using your crop residue is an inexpensive option.
With fall calving season nearing and spring calving season just around the corner, now is the time to evaluate your cow herd. A strong cow herd will help make the calving season go smoother and set your herd up for success in the next breeding season.