Tag: Calves

Calving: Stages of Labor

STAGE 1 (PREPARATION: 2-6 hours) During this stage the cow will swish the tail and will have small contractions that are spread apart. She may get up and down and separate herself from the herd. She may graze or eat some while she is up. She may kick at her abdomen with her back feet. […]

Converting a Cow Herd to a Breeding Season

Cow/calf operations are most efficiently ran and most profitable when there is a controlled, defined breeding season. There are a number of reasons to choose to calve at certain times of the year, including labor availability, grass availability for weaned calves, market price of calves at certain times of the year, the ability to create […]

Vaccination and Preventative Care for Cow/Calf Producers

Written by: Justin S. Jornigan, DVM ; Foothills Mobile Veterinary Service, Marion, NC Profitable cow/calf herds are most efficiently managed using a controlled breeding season. This allows for a uniform calf crop that can be managed and sold as a group. There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to calf production. Some producers are pushing for maximum […]

Raising Pre-Weaned Calves

Raising Pre-Weaned Calves Adapted from Dr. Sheila McGuirk’s 5Cs of calf raising Colostrum • Calves need 1 gallon (4 quarts) of fresh, clean colostrum within 6 hours of birth. • If the dam’s colostrum is not available, a colostrum REPLACER can be used. A replacer with at least 100g IgG is the minimum recommended. 150-200g IgG […]

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