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The Midwest Cattleman · August 19, 2021 · P13

                                            AND MAXIMIZE PROFIT

                  With proper planning, beef producers can make the weaning process easier for calves

                                                        By Lisa Moser, K-State Research and Extension
         Just as college students                                                                             better immune response
       may feel anxious when they                                                                             to vaccination than young
       leave  their  homes  and  re-                                                                          calves,” Larson said. “But if
       turn to campus, fall is also                                                                           we are trying to avoid hav-
       a time when spring-born                                                                                ing summer pneumonia run
       calves are separated from                                                                              though the calves, we may
       their mothers and stress en-                                                                           need to give those preven-
       sues.                                                                                                  tative vaccinations around
         To minimize the stress                                                                               two months of age and then
       felt by calves, the experts at                                                                         follow it with a booster shot
       Kansas  State  University’s                                                                            closer to weaning.”
       Beef Cattle Institute offered                                                                             He added: “For cattle that
       several management strate-                                                                             are not going to be co-min-
       gies for producers to imple-                                                                           gled with cattle from other
       ment. Discussed on a recent                                                                            herds at weaning, it is fine
       Cattle Chat podcast the ex-                                                                            to give those vaccinations at
       perts defined the term low-                                                                            the time of weaning when
       stress weaning.                                                                                        you  are already working
         “Low stress weaning re-                                                                              with the calves.”
       fers to all the things we do                                                                              The bottom line,  White
       to make it an easier tran-           Lancaster said it is im-           The timing of vaccina- said, is to work with a vet-
       sition from the cow-calf op- portant to make sure the  tions often will depend on  erinarian to develop a
       eration to the  next step in  calves are consuming feed  the management and mar- pre-weaning  plan  that fits
       the production system,” said  with an adequate protein  keting for the operation,  best with the goals for the
       Brian Lubbers, K-State vet- content along with energy,  Larson said.                                   herd.
       erinarian.                        vitamins and minerals.                “We know that calves clos-
         Veterinarian Bob Lar-              Adding grain mix to the  er to weaning age often have
       son added that many pro- diet can come at a cost,
       ducers follow the fence line  White said, but it also re-
       weaning practice where the  duces weight loss that most                 Genetically Yours
       calves can still see their  calves experience at wean-
       mothers through the fence  ing.
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       but are unable to nurse.             “Research      has    shown             S
         “We want to promote fa-         calves that are weaned 30
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       while  they  are  still  with  tural economist.                                                              12 Commercial bred heifers
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       their mothers or have them           He added premiums are
       drink  from  a  water  source  also  paid through  certified
       like the type they will en- health programs that docu-
       counter after weaning,” said  ment vaccinations.
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       hay,” Lancaster said. “Good,  rectly to the calf through
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