April Cattle & Forage Management Reminders

UF/IFAS Beef Cattle & Forage Specialists, and County Extension Agents serving the Florida Panhandle developed a basic management calendar for cattle producers in the region. The purpose of this calendar is to provide reminders for management techniques with similar timing to those used at the North Florida Research and Education Center’s Beef Unit, near Marianna, Florida. Links to useful publications with more information are also provided.

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Cattle Herd Management

  • Stop feeding hay and supplements as soon as adequate grass allows
  • Work replacement heifers, cows and calves
    • Cows—dewormer, and external parasite control
      • If fly tags are used, alternate between organophosphate and pyrethroid types each year
    • Cull dry open cows (cows without calves)
    • Calves— vaccinate, deworm, castrate, growth implant, and weigh
  • Check bull pasture fences and remove bulls from replacement heifers
  • Observe bull condition and success in mature cow herd, rotate and rest if needed
  • Check mineral, use high magnesium mineral if grazing winter annuals

Pasture Management

Pest Management


Pan Ag logo finalUse the following link to download the entire Cattle & Forage Management Annual Calendar:
Panhandle Ag Extension Team Cattle & Forage Management Calendar


Developed by the Panhandle Agriculture Extension Livestock and Forage Team:

Doug Mayo, Cliff Lamb, Mark Mauldin, Ann Blount, Cheryl Mackowiak, Jose Dubeux, Jay Ferrell, Jennifer Bearden, Nicolas DiLorenzo, Shep Eubanks, Jed Dillard, Mike Goodchild, Roy Carter, Henry Grant, John Atkins, Ray Bodrey, and Kalyn Waters.

Posted: March 31, 2017

Category: Agriculture
Tags: Beef Cattle, Dairy, Forage, Forage & Pasture, Livestock, Panhandle Agriculture, Pasture, Pest Management, Weeds

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