Cattle Calculator Helps You Schedule Reproduction, Track Performance and MORE!

In livestock production, we live with the consequences of yesterdays decisions today, sometimes from choices made months if not years in the past. This simple truth supports the philosophy that diligent time management and planning yield the best result(s). As I write this article, I can hear my dad's voice championing a "5 P's": prior planning prevents poor performance. (If only I had a dollar for every time I heard that growing up). If we know how important time management is, then how do we go about filling in the blanks on our operation's calendar? It is our responsibility to design a management plan that allows a beef cow to successfully conceive, deliver, nurse and wean her calf, while regaining pregnancy with her subsequent calf, all in a 365-day window. Couple that schedule with an annual grazing/forage management plan and it can quickly become overwhelming. However, there are tools available to help ranchers create a timeline with some fundamental management activities. About Cattle Calculator The Cattle Calculator app by Mississippi State University Extension puts multiple key tools in a producer's hands, such as a breeding season scheduler, average daily gain and required gain calculators, and a dosage calculator, just to name a few. Calculators are broken into three groups: reproductive, performance and management. The app is available as a free download for both Apple and Android devices. Just search for "MSUES Cattle Calculator" in the App Store you use. R

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2 thoughts on “Cattle Calculator Helps You Schedule Reproduction, Track Performance and MORE!

  1. There is a glitch in the frame score calculation. For ex, calculated FS on a 52″ 6 yo bull is 47.8…..should be 3-3.5 FS per tables. Noticed the same thing on the Noble version of the app.

    1. Thanks for your comment Doug…I emailed you some reference material that addresses your observation. As I understand it, there are various calculations used to calculate frame score by sex and age; all the information I’ve reviewed only goes up to 48 months of age for a mature bull, not the 72 months of age that you used in your example.

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