Oklahoma Farm Report masthead graphic with wheat on the left and cattle on the right.
Howdy Neighbors!
Ron Hays, Director of Farm and Ranch Programming, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network  |  2401 Exchange Ave, Suite F, Oklahoma City, Ok 73108  |  (405) 601-9211

advertisements
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Beef Buzz News


More on Fall Calving Best Practices from Dr. Rosslyn Biggs

Mon, 11 Oct 2021 16:31:29 CDT

More on Fall Calving Best Practices from Dr. Rosslyn Biggs Last week, KC Sheperd, associate farm director for Radio Oklahoma Ag Network, spoke with Dr. Rosslyn Biggs, director of continuing education for the College of Veterinary Medicine and beef cattle specialist for the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service at Oklahoma State University, about how producers can be best prepared for fall calving season. Today, they continue the conversation, talking about best practices to follow once those babies are on the ground.

“The key thing for me is keeping those records right off the bat,” Biggs said. “I would love a calf weight on every calf.”

For Biggs, she said she likes to get newborn calves tagged and castrated, if they are set to become steers, as soon as possible. Otherwise, it is most important to watch mama and baby, making sure each is healthy.

“Starting right off, we need to be watching them close,” Biggs said. “In those early hours we are needing colostrum in those calves, ideally as soon as possible and for sure within that first 12 to 24 hours.”

For mother cows, Biggs said producers should be watching for post-calving problems, like retained placentas. Most importantly, Biggs said producers should intervene early if they suspect something is wrong.

Giving cows the best chance at successfully producing, calving and raising a healthy calf happens much earlier than calving season, according to Biggs. From a production standpoint, she said if cows are too thin at calving, that needs to be addressed in an operation before the next round of calves arrives.

“You are not going to make a big impact on them now,” Biggs said. “We need to make sure that we keep the nutrition up on those females and keep them supported.”

Next, Biggs said producers should consider offering pain management to any cow that has undergone a C-section.

“We have got to keep those girls taken care of,” Biggs said. “We may need to look at pain management, not only for the female but also the calf, particularly if we had a dystocia or a difficult calving there.”

Biggs said ultimately the goal is to have a healthy cow that will raise healthy, profitable calves, so the goal of any operation during calving season must be to support the breeding stock in every way possible.

It is never ideal when a cow loses a calf during the calving process, but Biggs said collecting unused colostrum is important. It never hurts to have colostrum in the freezer, she added.

“The ideal colostrum for an operation is from a cow from your own place,” Biggs said. “Keeping that colostrum for the next one that has problems is a good situation.”

After that, the cow should be monitored, making sure she is on the road to recovery and then producers should try to figure out why the calf did not make it, according to Biggs.

She said answering the question of why will allow producers to make management changes in the future, especially if the reason was because of a genetic disorder.

Click on the LISTEN BAR below to hear more from KC Sheperd and Dr. Rosslyn Biggs as they talk more about fall calving best practices.

The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network and is a regular audio feature found on this website as well. Click on the LISTEN BAR below for today’s show and check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today.

   


   

Listen to KC's conversation with Dr. Biggs here
right-click to download mp3

 

WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI

 

Beef News

  • NCBA’s Kent Bacus Hopeful Biden Administration Will Pursue Deals Beneficial to US Beef Producers  Fri, 15 Oct 2021 10:08:11 EDT
  • NCBA's Kent Bacus Talks Trade, Contrasts Biden and Trump Administrations  Thu, 14 Oct 2021 20:07:24 CDT
  • Economist Katelyn McCullock Says Holiday Beef Prices are Expected to be High  Wed, 13 Oct 2021 10:35:40 CDT
  • Dr. Bart Fischer Says Robust Price Discovery May Not Lead to Higher Cattle Prices  Tue, 12 Oct 2021 10:48:23 CDT
  • More on Fall Calving Best Practices from Dr. Rosslyn Biggs  Mon, 11 Oct 2021 16:31:33 CDT
  • NCBA's Todd Wilkinson Carries Message of Caution to Members of the House Ag Committee  Fri, 08 Oct 2021 12:31:29 CDT
  • Cattle Producers Should Review Records Before Fall Calving Says Dr. Rosslyn Biggs  Thu, 07 Oct 2021 21:15:27 CDT
  • Help Newly Arrived Cattle Recover Quickest by Providing High-Energy Feed  Wed, 06 Oct 2021 10:09:20 CDT
  • Cattle Industry Waits for Third Quarter Numbers From 75% Plan  Tue, 05 Oct 2021 10:25:26 CDT
  • Missouri Cattle Industry Leader Taking Wait-and-See Approach on Industry Price Discovery Plan  Mon, 04 Oct 2021 11:29:07 CDT
  • Fiscal Year 2022 Kicks Off New and Proven Marketing Campaigns for Oklahoma Beef  Fri, 01 Oct 2021 10:56:18 CDT
  • Hugh Aljoe Says Regenerative Agriculture Education Material Will Soon be Available  Thu, 30 Sep 2021 09:53:16 CDT
  • OSU's Derrell Peel Urges Fall Stocker Operations to Review Budgets Before They Buy Fall Feeders  Wed, 29 Sep 2021 19:27:47 CDT
  • Beef Cow Herd Liquidation Continues to Unfold  Tue, 28 Sep 2021 12:47:54 CDT
  • Latest Cattle on Feed Report Shows Some Regions of the Country are More Current Than Others  Mon, 27 Sep 2021 10:28:22 CDT
  • New Research Explores the Pros and Cons of Cash Cattle Markets in the U.S.  Fri, 24 Sep 2021 10:16:19 CDT
  • New Research Shows Grid Market System Adds $700 Million in Value to U.S. Beef  Thu, 23 Sep 2021 11:19:06 CDT
  • Don Close, VP of Rabo AgriFinance Explains How Beef Won Over the Chinese Consumer  Wed, 22 Sep 2021 10:39:31 CDT
  • OCA's Michael Kelsey: We Need to Take a Pause on Issuing New Medical Marijuana Grower Permits  Tue, 21 Sep 2021 13:19:27 CDT
  • NCBA's Josh White Says Beef Quality Assurance Produces Better Beef  Mon, 20 Sep 2021 10:35:46 CDT
  • Certified Angus Beef Program is a Win for Producers, Processors and Consumers Says John Stika  Fri, 17 Sep 2021 10:48:26 CDT
  • John Stika Believes the Pandemic Shows Consumers Want High Quality Beef  Thu, 16 Sep 2021 08:07:17 CDT
  • Dr. Jody Wade's Advice to Cattle Producers is Stay Ahead of BRD  Wed, 15 Sep 2021 13:14:02 CDT
  • Katelyn McCullock Sees High Hay Prices in the U.S.  Tue, 14 Sep 2021 10:49:50 CDT
  • NCBA's Ethan Lane Believes mCOOL is Old News  Mon, 13 Sep 2021 11:15:37 CDT
  • NCBA's Ethan Lane Heard Little New in White House Briefing on Competition  Fri, 10 Sep 2021 11:45:17 CDT
  • Dan Halstrom Predicts 2021 Will Be a Record Year for U.S. Beef Exports  Thu, 09 Sep 2021 11:15:04 CDT
  • Dietician Shalene McNeill Says Consumers Enthusiastic About Including Beef in Their Diet  Wed, 08 Sep 2021 09:25:33 CDT
  • Shalene McNeill on Why You Should Feed Your Baby Beef  Tue, 07 Sep 2021 12:20:07 CDT
  • Randy Blach Says Sustainability is an Opportunity for Beef Cattle Industry  Mon, 06 Sep 2021 05:00:35 CDT
  • Although Beef Demand is High, Dollars are Slow to Trickle Down to Producers  Fri, 03 Sep 2021 12:25:25 CDT
  • Dr. Harold Newcomb Says Strategic Deworming Helps Your Bottom Line  Thu, 02 Sep 2021 09:33:31 CDT
  • Carbon Markets: The Wild West of Free-Market Enterprise  Wed, 01 Sep 2021 10:38:53 CDT
  • Biden Administration Intent on Dumping Trump Era Navigable Waters Protection Rule  Tue, 31 Aug 2021 16:57:44 CDT
  • NCBA's Scott Yager Says Redefining WOTUS Will Be Repetitive  Mon, 30 Aug 2021 11:18:40 CDT

  •  

    Beef Buzz Archives

    Old Archives  |   2010  |   2011  |   2012  |   2013  |   2014  |   2015  |   2016  |   2017  |   2018  |   2019  |   2020  |   Jan 21  |   Feb 21  |   Mar 21  |   Apr 21  |   May 21  |   Jun 21  |   Jul 21  |   Aug 21  |   Sep 21  |   Oct 21  |   Nov 21  |   Dec 21
       

    Ron salutes our daily email sponsors!

    Oklahoma Beef council Oklahoma Ag Credit Oklahoma Farm Bureau National Livestock Credit Ag Mediation Program P&K Equipment Tulsa Farm Show Union Mutual Stillwater Milling Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association KIS FUTURES, INC.

       
       

    Search OklahomaFarmReport.com

    © 2008-2021 Oklahoma Farm Report
    Email Ron   |   Newsletter Signup   |    Current Spots   |    Program Links

    WebReady powered by WireReady® Inc.