Cattle Weaning Tips

Cattle Weaning Tips

If you read my last blog I mentioned getting ready for fall round-ups and showed an image of a large cattle ranch’s modern day Chuck Wagon.

For today’s cattle raisers the fall is a very busy time. It is when the babies that were born in the spring who have been grazing alongside mom now need to be weaned. It is the most stressful event for that calf – second only to being born.

Herd health programs and nutrition are critical to help the cow be healthy enough, first to conceive, second to have a healthy live birth and to stay in good health herself. A cow will rob her own body of nutrients rather than not produce milk for that baby. Then that herd health program and good nutrition is needed to wean a strong calf and keep him or her healthy through that stressful weaning process.

Here is a brief you tube that talks about this….

 

Please reach out to your Veterinarian and a Nutritionist to help you establish those all important herd health and nutritional programs. If you need help finding someone to work with you – please let me know. We can certainly provide contact information for Pharmaceutical Tech Support Vets and Feed Company Nutritionists for no charge.

Have a healthy fall! Barbara

Round-Ups are starting!

Round-Ups are starting!

Last week I got to visit one of our favorite customers who ranches in northern Arizona. It is one of the last big outfits who still sends a “chuckwagon” out with the round-up crew.

It is that time of year the ranches are gathering their calves to prepare them to be weaned and shipped, or in some cases turned back out to graze longer. Preparing them usually involves a good herd health (vaccinations, vitamins, wormers, etc) program so they stay healthy into their next phase.

This is when a Cowboy or Cowgirl sure needs a reliable horse with good cowsense and good working tack. If either one (horse or tack) is “faulty” someone or animal can get hurt. Watching a good hand (horse and rider) handle the cattle with care and skill is just like a great symphony.

Hope everyone’s Round-Up is Beautiful Symphony this fall! Barbara

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