This week's BeefTalk . . .

Beeftalk 773 - May Calving is Productive

May calving is enjoyable, manageable and workable.

I remember discussing calving with a beef producer during one of the less-than-desirable mid-April days.

You know the kind of day: 28 degrees, wind, rain, snow, mud and other combinations of weather. A stocking cap, another cap, wet gloves, heavy boots and other cold-weather clothing are common to the occasion.

I asked how the day was going, and the response was garbled. In contrast, May calving is enjoyable, manageable and workable.

With each passing year, at least for the Dickinson Research Extension Center, the shift to May calving is easier to affirm. The center continues to May calve, in contrast to the traditional early April calving for many northern Plains producers.

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