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September Beef Management Calendar

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Dr. Scott P. Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, VA Tech

Spring Calving Herds

  • Inventory feed supplies, test hay for nutrient content and plan winter feeding strategies
  • Give pre-weaning vaccinations to calves
  • Make final preparations for calf crop marketing program
  • Pregnancy check cows
  • Body condition score cows at weaning and separate thin cows
  • Put open, old and very thin cows on cull list
  • Make arrangements for backgrounding calves
  • Continue feeding high Se trace mineral salt
  • Continue to stockpile forages, if possible


Fall Calving Herds

  • Body condition score cows; plan nutrition and grazing program on BCS
  • Inventory feed supplies, test hay for nutrient content and plan winter feeding strategies
  • Make sure all calving supplies are on-hand
  • Move pregnant heifers and early calving cows to calving area about 2 weeks before due date
  • Check cows 3 to 4 times per day; heifers more often – assist early if needed
  • Keep calving area clean and well drained; move healthy pairs to large pastures 3 days after calving
  • Ear tag all calves at birth; castrate male calves in commercial herds
  • Give selenium and vitamin A & D injections to newborn calves
  • Feed cows extra energy after calving especially to two-year-olds; cows calving at
    BCS < 5 should receive special nutritional attention
  • Keep high quality, high Selenium, high magnesium minerals available
  • Plan estrous synchronization program, line-up AI technician and supplies


Virginia Cooperative Extension materials are available for public use, re-print, or citation without further permission, provided the use includes credit to the author and to Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, and Virginia State University.


Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Alan L. Grant, Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; Jewel E. Hairston, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State, Petersburg.


September 1, 2010

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