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Weaning beef calves

Source: Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Fact Sheet written by: Barry Potter – Livestock Specialist/OMAFRA Introduction Weaning time is stressful for the mother cow and her calf. Traditionally some Ontario cow-calf producers wean calves the day they leave the farm, thus...
Source: Michigan State University Extension, Kevin Gould and Jerad Jaborek Ask two or more beef cattle veterinarians about weaning beef calf management, also referred to as preconditioning, and you are bound to get different recommendations for protocols to follow. This does not mean...
Source: Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Beef cows are amazing mothers, especially during periods of drought or excess moisture when pasture quality and/or quantity are limited. The cow will sacrifice her body condition and ultimately next year's reproductive performance...
Source: Montana State University Megan Van Emon, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist According to the United States Drought Monitor, approximately 57% of Montana is currently experiencing drought conditions.  As the dry conditions persist, some ranchers may consider early weaning their calves.  Early...
Source: University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science In areas where forage quality is low and quantity is not adequate in summer and early fall, early weaning could be a management practice, especially for young cows...
Source: Pennsylvania State University The most traumatic experience for cow-calf producers is when they wean their calves-and it is not real great for the calves, either. For the producer, it is about payday for the calf business. For the calf,...
Source: Iowa State University As forage resources dwindle in times of drought producers may need to consider early weaning options for the cow herd. Early weaning is designed to save body condition on the females by ending lactation and decreasing...
Source: Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives It is expected that cow calf producers will have to deal with increased numbers of weaned calves this fall. Market opportunities for the fall calf run are uncertain. Drought in many parts of the...
Source: South Dakota State University, Kiernan Brandt, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist Originally written by Olivia Amundson, former SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist. First-calf heifers pose specific challenges for cattle producers from many aspects. First, there has been a two-and-a-half-year period of developing...
Source: Alabama Cooperative Extension System Weaning can have a lasting impact on a calf. How a producer manages calves before, during, and after weaning can have a dramatic effect on overall calf performance and economic viability. One of the most stressful...
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