As the spring calving season begins, beef cows will show typical signs that will indicate to the rancher that parturition is imminent.
Glenn SelkOklahoma State University Extension beef specialist
Many spring calving herds will begin calving around the first of February, if not before, so an increased understanding of the “calving” or parturition process is helpful.
Cull beef cows represent 10% of the beef consumed in the U.S. and they represent 20% of the gross income of commercial ranches, making proper cull cow management important.
It is not too soon to begin to prepare for the spring calving season. Locating, obtaining, and storing several doses of colostrum or colostrum replacer will come in handy before the first heifers start to go into labor.
Preparing ahead for next spring’s calving season can help increase the chances of success and there are several key steps that would be good to conduct in November or December.
Estimating forage usage by cows is an important part of the task of calculating winter feed needs. Hay or standing forage intake must be estimated in order to make the calculations.
Body condition changes from the time the cow calves until she begins the breeding season and can play a significant role in the rebreeding success story.
Meeting the supplemental protein needs for the cows and replacement heifers consuming that forage must be done properly and economically.
Cull cows represent about 20% of the gross income in commercial cow calf operations. Understanding the major factors impacting cull cow prices is important to your bottom line.