Moving Calving Date – A Producer’s Perspective
The University of Nebraska has conducted cow-calf research examining and comparing different calving times in Nebraska. Cow herds at the Gudmundsen Sandhills Lab, at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center as well as the Panhandle Research and Extension Center have contributed to this research.
In this month's BeefWatch Producer Perspective Podcast, Russ Anderson from near Hyannis Nebraska discuss how the move from a March calving, terminal production system to a late April calving with retention of replacement heifers has impacted their operation. Mr. Anderson also shares how he got started in ranching and the unique relationship he has with his landlord. Topics discussed in the interview include:
- How Russ Anderson and his family got started with the Bonifield Cattle Company and the transition of the business that occurred utilizing shares and a land lease agreement.
- Transitions from an early March to late April start to the calving season.
- How the move in calving time has coincided with shifts in other management and marketing practices.
- The addition of a late summer/fall calving herd to effectively utilize resources.