Calving Your Beef Cows
Beef cow/calf producers in the Midwest are quite traditional in their fondness for latewinter calving and selling feeder calves off pasture come fall. That tradition can be questioned as to whether that is the best practice for a particular farm, according to Ben Bartlett, a Michigan State University Livestock Agent. Winter feeding is the crux of the beef cow business. However, the midwest also has advantages of being able to grow lower cost forages, access to low cost grain and energy alternatives along with a panoply of marketing alternatives.