Decide sooner

Decide sooner

Decide Sooner by Justin Sexten, Ph.D. While many of you are in sire buying mode this time of year, more are deciding whether this year’s bull calves retain the ability to become sires. Castration at birth is ideal, but catching them on day one can be a challenge in...
Calving seasons of the mind

Calving seasons of the mind

Calving seasons of the mind by Justin Sexten, Ph.D. Winter came early for much of cow-calf country, and now calving season is at the gate. Even those who call it “spring calving” often start in January, but if you’re not out checking a heifer, this is a good time of...

It’s all good

I love calving season each year, but this one will be hard to beat. I used to do this in the winter on my northeast Kansas farm, starting in February. With heifers due on pasture leases the first of May, we couldn’t wait too long for synchronized artificial...

First impressions

A baby calf nursing for the first time…..if everything’s going right, it might look a little peaceful. There’s a quote from a North Carolina Angus breeder Joe Hampton that sticks in my mind: “There’s nothing better than calving. If seeing a baby calf get up and nurse...

Spring

The season of hope, when new calves arrive; When temperatures warm up and nature thrives; When sleep eludes, yet energy abounds; Everywhere, the miracle of life can be found. Calving season starts suddenly one day, Then wraps up quietly, before you’re onto the next...