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Ranch Hand Top 10; February 2012

Top 10 management strategies to consider on your operation during February 2012:
  1. Prepare for calving: facilities, supplies, mental focus
  2. Feed cows at night to increase proportion of calves born during daylight hours
  3. Be sure to have plenty of high-quality feed, vitamins and minerals available; nutrient requirement dramatically increase after calving
  4. Ear tag calves and keep appropriate records, track any death loss; these records may be essential for receiving future disaster payments
  5. Develop standard operating procedures for treating sick calves with your veterinarian and have all medications on hand
  6. Catch and treat sick calves ASAP; they will respond better to treatment and perform better after recovery, compared with waiting until “later” to treat them
  7. Maintain clean, dry, wind-free areas for cows to calve on; castrate (and dehorn) calves as soon as possible if they are not breeding stock
  8. Attend bull sales with the bulls’ job description in hand; make all attempts to purchase bulls that will help you meet your herd goals and do not sacrifice quality
  9. Secure seed and fertilizer for planting in spring of 2012
  10. Complete tax preparation: deadlines are March 1 for most, April 15 if you made estimated tax payment by Jan. 15
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