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What’s the Best Month for Calving/Kidding/Lambing?

This collection of articles focuses on the benefits of choosing a calving/kidding/lambing time to coincide with warmer temperatures and grass growth. It’s a great way to reduce your workload and infrastructure requirements and has the potential to increase profit. Though these articles look at the topic from a cattle perspective, the principles and ideas are important to consider no matter what you raise and will help you think through what might work best for you. Thanks to the South Dakota Grassland Coalition for the videos.

Here’s Why You Should Consider Calving on Grass

The Economics of Changing Your Calving Date

One of the reasons producers began calving earlier and earlier was profit. But as we begin doing the math, we can see that all the extra inputs and just plain hardship of such early calving may not pencil out. In addition, the timing you choose could be different than what other folks like because you have different goals. These two articles will give you some examples of how different producers make these decisions.

What Calving Season is Best for Your Bottom-Line?

Changing Calving Dates? Here’s Help for Thinking About Finances, Profit and Marketing

Managing for Forage Quality and Quantity

In this article, ranchers were asked to talk about their forage and livestock and how they manage to provide the right quality and quantity at different times of the year to meet the needs of calves and cows.

Providing Good Forage for Calving Season and Year Round Grazing

Bull Considerations

Check out these ideas about bull size, age, and EPDs and what these ranchers have learned about how heat and humidity impacts breeding.

Turning Out the Bulls – Later

Why It’s So Hard to Change

Of course, all this said, there’s still one more reason making a switch may not happen – all that social pressure. Once again, our South Dakota ranchers have some thoughts on what it took for them to make the change. Their thoughts are helpful no matter what kind of change you’re considering for your operation.

Why Do We Do Things the Hard Way?

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Kathy Voth
Kathy Voth
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.

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