Beef Herd Health Management Calendar
Floron C. Faries, Jr. - Extension Veterinarian, College Station
Wayne H. Thompson - Extension Program Specialist, College Station
Texas AgriLife Extension Service


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Scheduling Management Practices

  • Producers often wonder what times of year they should carry out management tasks such as castrating, vaccinating, dehorning, deworming and others. The proper times for these activities depend on when the calving season occurs, because health practices are related to the periods of:
    1. Pre-calving
    2. Calving
    3. Post-calving
    4. Pre-breeding
    5. Breeding
  • Once the calving season is planned, herd health management tasks can be scheduled for specific dates.
  • The interactive calendar allows the producer to generate a schedule of management tasks by entering the month in which calving begins and the length of the calving season. The most effective and efficient management occurs when there is a restricted calving season of 1 to 3 months. With this restricted calving season, the herd is penned four times a year. The cows are worked at least two times (at pre-calving and at 4 to 6 months post-calving) and the calves are worked at least two times (at 2 to 4 months post-calving and at 4 to 6 months post-calving). The "less than 2 months" post-calving practices are carried out at birth. The "6 to 8 months post-calving" practices are carried out at weaning. The cows are worked through the chute at pre-calving, the calves at 2 to 4 months post-calving, and both cows and calves at 4 to 6 months post-calving.