Calving Time Management

January - March 2003

Carl Neifert , livestock field specialist
Joe Sellers , livestock field specialist

Calving time is the “harvest time” for cow-calf producers. Early calf losses can mean hundreds, sometime thousands of dollars in lost revenue for cow-calf producers. Successful calving boils down to both genetic and management decisions. How can producers avoid calf losses without sacrificing hours of time making management changes?

A calving time management meeting was held on March 15, 2003 at the Iowa State University Beef Teaching Farm south of the Iowa State campus. Presenters included Marshall Ruble, Iowa State beef herd superintendent, Doug Ensley, Iowa State veterinarian, Carl Neifert, livestock field specialst and a video on calving difficulty (seven similar meeting were held at different locations around the state during February and March).

Thirty-three producers were in attendance with over half of the audience being less-experienced cow-calf producers.
47% said they learned five or more new concepts.
$813 per herd was the indicated average dollars saved or profits increase.
82% indicated that they plan to implement a change or new practice learned at the meeting.
8.5 out of 10 was the average rating of the usefulness of the calving time meeting.
8.4 was the overall program quality rating.
All sessions were rated eight or higher.

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