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Early Weaning Can Be a Drought Response Strategy

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:35:00 CDT

Early Weaning Can Be a Drought Response Strategy

The ongoing lack of moisture is forcing cattle producers to think about management alternatives even before the grazing season starts. One such possibility is early weaning spring-born calves here in 2014. Kansas State University beef veterinarian Dr. Larry Hollis believes that producers should think pro-actively about early weaning as an option, if pastures remain under dry weather stress. His comments about early weaning as a drought response tool can be heard on today's Beef Buzz.

For producers that take this option, they are able to better control when they want their calves to head to market- and that will help them avoid the market glut of the middle of fall, when calf supplies often reach their peak and prices are often at their lows.

Dr. Hollis believes that if you have a plan leading into the early part of the grazing season that includes having feed resources to be able to pull the trigger on early weaning- you are prepared to take advantage of whichever scenario plays out this spring- enough rain to really allow the grass to grow and produce a lot of forage or mostly dry conditions which yields limited pasture growth.

The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network- but is also 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.


Ron Hays Beef Buzzes with Dr. Larry Hollis of Kansas State University
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