Idaho Beef Cattle and Calf


October is one week away and it sure feels like fall is in the air. We have had some great fall moisture so far here in North Idaho. I have been noticing some fall green-up on many pastures and ranges in the region.

There are many fall calves on the ground now and producers utilizing a fall calving program need to pay close attention to the nutrient quality of their feed.  The cows that have just calved are currently needing more protein and energy in their diets than at any other time during the year.  Make sure your feed is providing them with the necessary nutrients to milk well for the new baby and return to estrus so that she will calve next fall on time. If you have questions on pricing protein supplements or analyzing forage quality, feel free to contact me.

Spring calving operations are close to weaning time. If you sell your calves in the fall, consider adding some value to the calf crop by weaning a little early and preconditioning the calves. Buyers are looking for calves that are weaned and have had their shots. Talk to your veterinarian to set up a vaccination program for the weaned calves. Something to think about as you look towards sale day.

Prices are good this fall and producers should make some money. Good luck with your fall cattle work.

Don’t forget about the Idaho-Lewis County Cattle Association Annual Meeting on October 16th in Nezperce. Information on the meeting should be coming out soon.

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