K-State Beef Cattle Experts Share Key Insights for a Successful Breeding Season on Cattle Chat Podcast

By Trish Svoboda

In a recent episode of the Cattle Chat podcast, experts from the Kansas State University Beef Cattle Institute provided advice to ensure a successful breeding season. K-State veterinarian Bob Larson emphasized the importance of daily checks on the herd, particularly for bulls, to prevent injuries. He noted that cattle walking on uneven pastures are more prone to foot injuries, and bulls are at risk of breeding injuries to their genitals. K-State veterinarian Brian Lubbers highlighted the need to monitor cattle for diseases. He explained that cows grazing in tall grasses and an increased fly population can lead to eye irritation and pinkeye. Lubbers stressed the significance of monitoring the herd for general health issues, as injury and disease in bulls can severely impact breeding. Larson pointed out that the high activity level in the breeding pasture often leads to a loss of body condition in cattle. He advised limiting the time young bulls spend in the pastures initially to prevent excessive weight loss, which can also affect fertility.

K-State beef cattle nutritionist Philip Lancaster suggested providing supplements to cattle losing body condition. He recommended following a rotational grazing system and adjusting stocking density to help maintain body condition. Lancaster also emphasized the importance of mineral supplementation, advising producers to monitor mineral intake to ensure optimal health during the breeding season.

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