Cattle producers are preparing pastures or cover crops for spring turnout. South Dakota State University Extension Cow/Calf Specialist Taylor Grussing says step one is to make sure all cattle have some form of identification. “In addition, usually a blackleg vaccine is the number on thing calves should get. Pre-breeding shots for the cows is the the next step after calving.” Grussing also suggests to body condition score cows before spring turnout. Scores range from one to nine, with ideal cow condition being a five. “If they’re a little thin, maybe keep them in the lot for a bit and feed a nutrient rich ration.”
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