Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch…

By Rayford Pullen | rcpullen@yahoo.com

You can almost see spring from here, and for me, that’s a good thing after all the cubing and haying and calving in cold weather. The next four months, March through June, approximately 120 days, will be the best of the best regarding forage quality which results in the best gains, the most milk produced and the best time to get those spring calving cows, which actually calved during the middle of winter, rebred and putting that 150 or so pounds back on that we normally lose during the winter.

While fall born calves around here normally weigh five to six pounds less than our spring born calves, we have been fortunate this year that birthweight has not been an issue with our first calf heifers. February and March is when the majority of our spring calves are born which is important because we want them to be able to take advantage of all the wonderful forage we have in the spring and give our cows time to recover from winter and rebreed before we reach the dog days of summer, hot and dry, when forage quality declines rapidly.

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