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Ranch Hand Top 10; December 2011

Top 10 management strategies to consider on your operation during December 2011:
  1. If cattle still are grazing, monitor pasture conditions, feed protein supplement when needed and remove the cattle when available feed supply is gone
  2. Consider stage of pregnancy when delivering cow and heifer diets; 90 days before calving nutrient requirements start to increase
  3. Increase feed deliveries in cold weather and consider feeding in the afternoon; heat produced while cattle digest feed can help during cold nights
  4. Review 2011 calf performance and health, compare with previous years and set herd production targets for 2012
  5. Evaluate price protection strategies for feedlot and backgrounding calves
  6. Pre-calving vaccinations should be given according to label instructions up to two months prior to calving; heifers may need a booster one month prior to calving
  7. Secure seed and fertilizer purchases for planting in spring 2012
  8. Meet with bankers, financial planners, Farm Business Management program instructors, etc., for income tax planning
  9. Schedule date for carcass ultrasound sessions to scan yearling cattle
  10. Review existing bull inventory, reflect on 2011 calf crop and determine needs for 2012 breeding season because bull sales will start soon
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