Managing the breeding season
The hay shortage has forced livestock producers to make tough decisions that may have long-term repercussions on the health, performance and profitability of their animals. Jane Parish, beef cattle specialist with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service, says surplus hay is difficult to find, and the traditional spring forage flush is not yet available. She gets calls daily from producers looking for more hay.
“Now, producers have to make sure their cattle are in good enough condition for spring breeding in April and May. Once they calve, it is hard to get weight on them to be ready to breed the next season.” She is concerned that conception rates this spring will be lower because of the condition of the cattle.