Before turning out Bulls… |

Before turning out Bulls…

With the traditional bull turnout date for most producers coming in the next couple weeks, the SD Grassland Coalition would like to remind cattle producers that considering a later breeding and calving season may be beneficial. The Coalition partnered with SDSU Extension and others to bring rancher’s stories and experiences related to shifting to later calving dates to improve economics, marketing options, and quality of life. These experiences are captured in a series of You Tube videos, available at the SD Grassland Coalition You Tube Channel ( and the SDGC website The video series is divided into 5 categories and range from 5 to 22 minutes in length. And viewers can bookmark the site.

The topics range from where and when to calve, herd management, and how later calving impacts family and marketing decisions. When the videos were initially released last spring, feedback from livestock producers was very positive.

As is evident throughout the testimonials featured in the videos, planning is the key ingredient. Check out the videos for first hand experiences that you could consider. For more information, please contact Pete Bauman at SDSU Extension at

–South Dakota Grassland Coalition

Think about it

When and where to calve

• winter challenges

• facilities and infrastructure

• pasture shelter and protection

• planning calving pastures

• moving cows and new calves

• working with nature

• education

• paradigms and resisting change

Managing the herd

• cow management

• calf management

• bull and breeding management

Assessing ranch resources

• evaluate

• forage and carrying capacity

• education

• paradigms & resisting change

Finance, profit and marketing

• reducing input costs

• know your product

• flexibility, options and opportunity

• paradigms and resisting change

people, relationships, and quality of life

• labor

• stress

• marriage

• family life and parenting

• passing it on

• paradigms and resisting change

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