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Ranch Hand Top 10; June 2012

Top 10 management strategies to consider on your operation during June 2012:
  1. Check water sources to ensure adequate clean water
  2. Review and apply fly control options (producers are reporting early fly hatches ahead of traditional fly season)
  3. Prepare records and begin to explore whether opportunities exist for value-added calf marketing programs
  4. Start forage harvest earlier than most years: early spring = early hay crop
  5. Carefully monitor forage yields and compare with anticipated winter feed needs; some areas will have low yields
  6. Control noxious weeds, seed cover crops for late-season grazing and finalize flooded pasture restorations
  7. Watch for anthrax/sudden deaths, lightning strikes; keep records of all death losses
  8. Evaluate cows for lameness and health concerns, provide adequate mineral and start thinking about creep feeding scenarios
  9. Turn bulls into breeding pastures at time appropriate for your operation; monitor closely for breeding activity
  10. Plan for early pregnancy diagnosis and develop marketing plan for nonpregnant females
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