Here are some cow and calf management tips for your herd. Mid-July is a good time to deworm cattle. Re-implant calves which were implanted at birth if the type of implant and amount of time indicate. Calves which haven't been vaccinated for blackleg should be. Spraying for flies while cattle are gathered can supplement other fly control methods. Work cattle early in the morning when it is cool and handle them gently to avoid stress.
Remove bulls from the cow herd, no later than the end of the month and keep them away from the cows until next year. This will eliminate summer-born calves and help prevent the oldest heifer calves from becoming pregnant. A short calving season is so beneficial because it helps concentrate labor during the calving season, helps you group calves by age so that it is easier to find a convenient time to vaccinate, castrate, dehorn, etc..., and it provides a more uniform group of calves at market time. Continue to watch for pinkeye and treat if necessary. Minimize problems by clipping pastures, controlling face flies, and providing shade.