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November Beef Management Calendar

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

Spring Calving Herds

  • Secure winter feed supply!
  • Body condition score cows, separate thin cows and provide nutritional management to improve BCS prior to calving
  • Market calves to your best advantage
  • Background calves for sale in December, if possible
  • Feed replacement heifers to gain 1.5 - 1.75 lbs per day
  • Cull open, old and very thin cows; check feet and legs, udders and eyes
  • Consider alternative marketing strategies for cull cows to take advantage of seasonality in cull cow price
  • Test hay for nutrient quality
  • Get list of bull sales coming up early winter and spring

Fall Calving Herds

  • Secure winter feed supply!
  • Finish calving
  • Check cows 2 to 4 times per day, heifers more often - assist early if needed
  • Keep calving area clean and move healthy pairs out to large pastures 3 days after calving
  • Ear tag and dehorn all calves at birth; castrate male calves in commercial herds
  • Keep good calving records so that calves may be marketed as age/source verified
  • Give selenium and vitamin A & D injections to newborn calves
  • Feed cows extra energy after calving; stockpiled fescue will take care of needs. Cows calving at BCS < 5 should receive special nutritional attention.
  • Test hay for nutrient quality
  • Look for opportunities to secure low-cost feed supplies of bulk feeds or commodity feeds
  • Keep high quality, high magnesium, high selenium minerals available
  • Begin breeding replacement heifers late this month; try AI on heifers
  • Get breeding soundness exams done on all bulls
  • Purchase new herdsires at upcoming bull sales


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.


November 1, 2010

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