Here are some general cow-calf management reminders for the fall season. This information has been adapted from the “Beef Cow Herd Calendar”1 developed by the Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Service.
- Beginning in late October or November, provide supplemental feed for bulls on dry grass according to age and condition.
- Evaluate cows’ body condition score (BCS) at weaning. Develop winter nutrition program to have cows at a BCS of six at calving to enhance rebreeding performance.
- Check with your Extension office for information on educational meetings about livestock and forage production practices.
- If fall calving, lactating cows need to be in good condition for breeding, a BCS of at least 5.5.
- Treat cattle for lice if needed.
- If spring calving, check the weaned steer and heifer calves regularly to produce desired gains.
- In spring calving enterprises, if culling is not completed in September and October, it should be completed this month.
- Check your financial management plan and make appropriate adjustments before the end of the year.
- Monitor the herd continuously for health problems.
- Treat cows for internal parasites if needed.
- If spring calving, identify the purebred herds and test stations at which you want to look for herd sires. Check sale dates and review performance criteria to use.