The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension offers these suggestions for planning for calving season.

Help your beef producers prepare for calving issues, keep good calving records and get ready for the next breeding season.  

Check Calving Supplies

  • Make sure OB chains, calf puller, lubricant (do not use soap), and disinfectants are handy.

Watch for reproductive prolapse

  • Occasionally, beef cattle develop problems with prolapses near the time of calving. There are two distinct types of prolapses occur in the reproductive tract of cattle: vaginal or uterine.
  • See these Extension Fact Sheets for more information:  Reproductive Prolapses of Cattle FSA No. 3102

Learn the signs of calving distress

  • Approximately 3% of all beef calves born in the U.S. will be lost due to calving difficulty. Several factors can play a role in causing calving difficulty including heavy birth weights, abnormal fetal position, limited pelvic area and the female's age.
  • See these Extension Fact Sheets for more information:  Addressing Calving Difficulty FSA No. 3105

Check Body Condition

  • Cattle that are in the correct body condition at calving stand a much better chance at rebreeding. Monitor body condition scores often and make changes in cattle diets to keep them in an optimum condition.
  • See these Extension Fact Sheets for more information:  Feeding Beef Cows Based on Body Condition Scores - MP-373

Plan Bull Purchases

Keep Calving Records