Turning Out the Bulls – Later

Thanks to Kris Miner, South Dakota Grassland Coalition for sending on this reminder! With the traditional bull turnout date for most producers coming in the next couple weeks, the SD Grassland Coalition would like to remind cattle producers that considering a later breeding and calving season may be beneficial. In South Dakota, that means May and June when the harshest weather has moved on and the grass is growing rapidly. In your region that timing might be slightly different, but the management tips that these ranchers share will still apply. To help producers make the shift, the Coalition partnered with SDSU Extension and others to bring rancher’s stories and experiences as they shifted to later calving dates with goals of improving economics, marketing options, and their quality of life. These experiences are captured in a series of You Tube videos, available at the SD Grassland Coalition You Tube Channel and the SDGC website. We've also shared two of them here at On Pasture, with transcripts included. The series covers where and when to calve, herd management, and how later calving impacts family and marketing decisions. When the videos were initially released last spring, feedback from livestock producers was very positive. As is evident throughout the testimonials featured in the videos, planning is the key ingredient. Here's what these 11 ranchers had to say about planning for bull management when converting to later breeding and calving dates. Enjoy! ht

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