Caring for cattle can be a full-time job, but the needs change depending on the season. With fall’s arrival, it’s time to update your care routine. Check out these tips for caring for your cattle this fall so they’ll stay healthy through the season.
October Cattle Management Tips
Do you have some new calves on your land this fall? If so, evaluate each one’s body condition score (BCS) at weaning to determine if your current nutrition program is adequate. Plus, use the number to see how well the calf will adapt to the environment. Using the BCS score as a guide, create a fall and winter nutrition program for each calf. When creating the program, set the goal of getting each calf’s BCS to six.
You also need to ensure that your bulls have adequate nutrition during the fall and winter. You can accomplish this by putting supplemental feed on dry grass. Choose the feed based on the bull’s condition and age.
November Cattle Management Tips
You’ll need to add a few more items to your routine when November rolls around. November is a good time to treat your cattle for lice if applicable. Also, if you have a fall calving system in place, make sure that your lactating cows have a BCS of 5.5 or higher. On the other hand, monitor heifer calves and weaned steer if you use a spring calving system. You need to make sure they are healthy and will be ready for the spring. Also, make sure that your culling is complete by the end of November.
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December Cattle Management Tips
When December arrives, it’ll be time to prepare for the new year. Thus, review your financial management plan. Do you currently have a good plan in place, or do you need to make adjustments? Now is the ideal time to update your plan so it’ll be ready for the new year.
You should also check your cattle for parasites and other health problems and treat them accordingly. It’s best to address these problems now before you go into the new year.
If you have a spring calving system, you can also begin preparing for it in December. It’s a good time to think about the performance criteria you want out of herd sires. Also, determine the sale dates, so you’ll be ready to add to your herd if needed.
These tips will help you finish this year and head into the next with a healthy herd ready to breed. While the tips might take a little time to complete, they will save time and stress in the long run.