Best Management Practices for Weaning and Feeding Calves

by Twig Marston, Technical Sales Field Manager When it comes to weaning and feeding calves, there are several best management practices (BMPs) you don’t want to stop. When focusing on BMPs you can create an effective management system and improve calf health and productivity. Tying nutrition, vaccination and management programs together minimizes problems, builds value and […]

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Rations Tip for Starting Early Weaned Calves

By Julie Walker, Associate Professor & SDSU Extension Beef Specialist Dry conditions have encouraged some producers to wean earlier than normal (6 to 7 months). Research has shown that these calves can perform as well or better than calves still nursing. Pasture quality has a key influence on performance of nursing calves. However, under “normal” […]

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Don’t Fall Victim to Weaning Woes

Many producers are currently in the midst of weaning madness. There is a plethora of information on weaning management techniques, vaccination protocols, and feeding recommendations. Regardless of your operation’s weaning procedures, the most important considerations should be keeping calves healthy, on feed and gaining weight. Ensuring a seamless transition from a milk-based diet to dry […]

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The Real Challenge of Weaning: Getting them to Eat!

Pick up any livestock publication circulated this time of year and you’ll find articles about the “do’s and don’ts” of weaning and starting new arrivals on feed. You’ll see the usual discussions about vaccinations, ration and feeding recommendations, water quality, and maybe some management suggestions on fence line weaning or the best approach to early […]

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