DROUGHT STRATEGIES: Weaning Calves Early

Project Type: Professional + Producer
Funds awarded in 2018: $41,184.00
Projected End Date: 03/31/2022
Grant Recipient: University of California Extension
Region: Western
State: California
Principal Investigator:
Dan Macon
University of California Cooperative Extension
At their core, most ranch drought strategies involve increasing forage supply (by purchasing feed or leasing new grazing land) or decreasing forage demand (by reducing livestock numbers) to balance the stocking rate - carrying capacity equation. Weaning calves early can be an alternative strategy that reduces forage demand while maintaining the cowherd and genetic base. This bulletin discusses specific considerations for ranchers in California's unique fall-calving, annual rangeland systems.
Dan Macon, UCCE - Placer/Nevada/Sutter/Yuba
Jeff Stackhouse, UCCE - Humboldt/Del Norte
Grace Woodmansee, UCCE - Siskiyou
Josh Davy, UCCE - Tehama/Glenn/Colusa
Target audiences:
Farmers/Ranchers; Educators
Ordering info:
Dan Macon
[email protected]
UCCE - Placer/Nevada/Sutter/Yuba
11477 E Avenue
Auburn, CA 95603-2711
Publication/product ID: Pub. 31-1011
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.