On Target Tips
A couple weeks ago we vaccinated our Red Poll cattle as well as wormed, weaned, and castrated most of the bulls. Fall calving allows us to get the herd up, work them, and turn the cows back out for summer grazing.
Our protocol is very simple:
1. Cows are weighted, their hip height is measured, and a body condition score is determined.
2. Cows are palpated for the last time to confirm pregnancy dates.
Winter is slowly moving forward. March will be roaring in like a lion very soon, so let’s prepare for spring calving season now because everyone wants a live calf on the ground when the time comes.
Here is a list of the basic items needed for better success when calving difficulties arise:
1. Use low birth rate bulls. This is the number one problem that contributes to dystocia in cattle. Do your homework nine months before, study EPD’s, and understand them. Do not ever purchase a “PRUDDY” bull.
2. Have birth mothers with plenty of room in their pelvis. Get someone to check them out.