Management at Every Stage
Even the best cattle can be wrecked in the absence of proper management. Handling, scheduling, working facilities and record keeping can all deliver or derail genetic potential in respect to carcass quality.
Cattle production may not be 24-7 but usually it’s a 365-days-per-year job. Even when the pairs are out on grass, there is much to think about. The key is devoting time to plan for the major events ahead of time.
Establishing one or two 60-day periods for calving has many benefits. The progeny are more marketable, because of the reduction in variation, and vaccination programs are easier to manage and more effective.
Ahead of weaning day, plans need to be made for everything from feed to labor. Studying all available options and making the needed arrangements in advance will make this critical phase go more smoothly.
You might consider early weaning to reap benefits in cattle performance, carcass quality and forage availability.
Whether you’re planning to try a new strategy or stick with the tried-and-true method you’ve used for years, giving it some thought ahead of time pays. You can be prepared to offer more information and network with potential buyers.