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Tips for Spring Calving Herds

March 5, 2012

Tips for spring calving herds:

  • Vaccinate Cows
    • Vaccination programs should always be customized for your operation. Items to consider while establishing a vaccination program include geographic region, type of cattle operation, frequency of introducing new stock, post-vaccination problems and export or interstate shipping requirements.
    • For best results, always follow BQA guidelines. Preventing diseases through the use of a herd health management plan saves time and money. For best results, work with a veterinarian who is familiar with your beef cattle operation.
    • See these UA Extension Fact Sheets for more information: Beef Cattle Herd Health Vaccination Schedule – FSA-3009
  • Breeding Soundness Exams (BSE)
    • The BSE is a practical method to identify bulls with less than satisfactory breeding potential. This evaluation should be conducted on every bull at least 30 to 60 days before each breeding season to allow enough time for replacement of deferred or unsatisfactory bulls.  Bulls differ in reproductive capabilities. Various studies from several states show that about 20 percent (1 in 5 beef bulls) examined were not satisfactory potential breeders.
    • See these UA Extension Fact Sheets for more information: Perform Breeding Soundness Exams (BSE) on bulls – FSA3046
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