To suggest that 2018 has been a challenge for Ohio’s cattlemen is, at best, an understatement. The weather has made it nearly impossible throughout the year to harvest high quality forage in a timely fashion, the constantly muddy conditions have caused animals to utilize more energy than normal, and even though temperatures have been moderate much of this fall, cows with a constantly wet hair coat have also expended more energy. For many, this has created the “perfect storm” for a challenging calving season which is quickly approaching, as well as concern for conception rates when we get into the subsequent breeding season.
Taking all those concerns into account, the 2019 Ohio Beef School will be a single ‘live’ webinar held on Tuesday, February 5 beginning at 7 p.m. and will be entitled Winter Management of the Cow Herd to Insure a Productive 2019. As has most often been the case in the past, this program will be hosted by several Ohio County Extension offices across the state. The entire program agenda looks like this:
“Winter Management of the Cow Herd to Insure a Productive 2019”
* Introduction: Analyzing the Current Situation: What is the quality and quantity of your hay supply and what is the body condition of your herd? – The OSU Extension Beef Team
* Nutritional requirements of the beef female for optimal performance from the last trimester through breeding season. Speaker: Dr. Steve Boyles, OSU Extension Beef Specialist, OSU Department of Animal Sciences
* Impacts of nutrition on heifer development and conception rates of heifers. Impacts of nutrition on days to return to estrus and conception rates of lactating females. Speaker: Dr. Alvaro Garcia Guerra, Assistant Professor, OSU Department of Animal Sciences
* Managing calf health born into stressful situations: Weak calves, importance of amount and timing of colostrum intake, colostrum replacers or supplements, suggested newborn treatments and vaccinations, etc. Speaker: Justin Kieffer, Clinical Veterinarian, Professional Practice, Assistant Professor, OSU Department of Animal Sciences