Stephanie Hatzenbuhler said calving has been better than expected this year, but it's no picnic. "You have to kind of play along with Mother Nature, what's she's giving you," she told The Bismarck Tribune.
Winter feeding is one of the largest expenses for cow-calf operations in the Southeast. There are a lot of options worth considering, so it is advisable to work closely with the resource people available you, to develop the most efficient plan for your cowherd.
Grass tetany might be easily defined as a deficiency of magnesium, but for Dick Kurtz of Oregon, Mo., it just means trouble. He lost three cows in March to the disorder and is carefully watching a few more.
Cow-calf producers are constantly bombarded with decisions and challenges as it relates to herd health, nutrition, retaining versus purchasing heifers, sire selection, timing of marketing and the list could continue.
Cold and wet weather have added to the calving challenges of Iowa cow-calf producers. Iowa State University Extension beef specialist Beth Doran said both are ideal conditions for contributing to calf scours.
Flooding in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa continues to impact cattlemen, right in the middle of calving season. Additional moisture this week, will aggravate the situation even more, meteorologists say.