Early Weaning
Victoria G. Myers Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Mon Jul 20, 2015 12:50 PM CDT

Ask most cattle producers about weaning programs, and you'll get a number. Usually, it's the age of the calves when they wean them; sometimes, it's a weight range. But weaning decisions, Ron Gill says, should be about the cow.

"We stress using the cow's body condition as the key on when to wean. Calves should be weaned with the cow and rebreeding in mind," says Gill, a rancher and long-time Extension livestock specialist at Texas A&M, College Station.

The goal of any cow/calf operation is rebreeding and calf production. Producers who watch the body condition of their cows are more ...

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