Cow/Calf Management Guide

This management guide provides guideline for health, nutrition, and reproductive management procedures for the cow-calf producer. It begins with a brief discussion of production goals and general factors related to reproduction, nutrition, and health. It then presents specific recommendations, organized into a yearly production cycle consisting of four periods:

  • Lactation, breeding, and pregnancy
  • Midgestation and weaning
  • Precalving
  • Calving

The recommended management activities would occur at the same time in the production cycle regardless of weather you utilize spring of fall calving.

Many practices are suggested in this publication; we encourage you to use the ones that best fit your operation. Additional management practices might be required in certain locations. Contact university Extension professionals or a local veterinarian for more information.

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