5 Timely Tips for Beef Cattle Producers (January 2023)

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Here are 5 timely tips for Yancey County beef producers to consider for their operations in January 2023:

  1. Be prepared for the spring caving season. Prepare a calving box that contains calving supplies such as calf tags, a calving record book, gloves, lube, banding tool, bands, syringes, needles, any necessary injections, and have your veterinarian’s contact information close by.
  2. Order Hi-Mag mineral and have it on hand for the spring. Loose mineral is better for the herd than mineral blocks as intake is not as limited. Transition cattle to hi-mag mineral (to minimize the risk of grass tetany) when the grass shows signs of spring growth.
  3. Gather up temporary fencing materials such as poly-wire, poly-tape and temporary fence posts. Plan to rotate cattle through pastures more frequently in the early grazing season.  Decrease paddock size with temporary fencing and make sure to allow enough time for pastures to rest and regrow.
  4. Monitor cattle body condition of cows and adjust feeding plans as needed to reach/maintain the desired body condition.  Take into consideration nutritional needs of the herd.  Cows with new calves will need better nutrition. If still in breeding season for fall calving herds, make sure cows and bulls are in good body condition.
  5. Consider administering pregnancy check by blood test for the fall calving herd within 30-60 days of the breeding season. Consider culling or next steps for cows that have not conceived.

I would like to invite you to discuss your beef cattle operation with us in greater detail. Let us help by providing research based information and by discussing optional recommended best management practices that can be implemented in your operation. Contact David Davis (david_davis@ncsu.edu) or Adam McCurry (adam_mccurry@ncsu.edu) by email or contact the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Yancey County Center by calling 828-682-6186.