|Beef Integrated Resource Management
Beef IRM Coordinating Committee
Les Anderson, Extension Beef Specialist; John Anderson, Extension Agricultural Economist - Co-Chairman; Darrh Bullock, Extension Beef Specialist; Roy Burris, Extension Beef Specialist, Co-Chairman; Jimmy Henning, Extension Forage Specialist; Benji Mikel, Extension Beef Specialist; Patty Scharko, Extension Veterinarian; Doug Shepherd, County Extension Agent for Agriculture; Curtis Absher, Assistant Director for Agriculture; and Roger Sparrow, Extension Area Program Director
Herd Health Assumptions
1. Have employees complete I-9, K-4, and W-4 forms on their first day of employment
2. Beginning of business year:
4. End of Year
Customizing Your 2001 Beef IRM Calendar
The following instructions will guide you through the process of customizing your Beef Integrated Resource Management calendar. University of Kentucky College of Agriculture's Extension Service publications referred to in this calendar are available at your local county extension office.
Keys to Maximum Benefit from the Beef IRM Calendar
Having a planned breeding/calving season plus the availability of handling or working facilities are very important to getting the most from the Beef IRM Calendar. Neither are essential for using the calendar. Both a planned breeding/calving season and handling facilities would be good goals if they are lacking on your farm.
General Assumptions For Recommendations in the Beef IRM Calendar
Spring calving cows are bred to calve beginning March 1 with first calf heifers beginning approximately 20 days earlier. Fall calving cows are bred to calve beginning September 1.
Setting Goals and Finding Limiting Factors
While not necessary for customizing your Beef IRM calendar, spending some time on the following will help to develop a stronger farm plan. As a result, the planning done on this calendar will be more focused on the specific areas that most need improvement.
1. Set Personal & Business Goals
2. Determine limitations to meeting your goals and getting the maximum benefit from your beef/forage operation. The following are some but not all areas to consider:
STEP 1. Fill out the 2001 Calendar User Survey at the back of this calendar.
This information is needed to define the beef cattle industry and common practices in your county and in Kentucky. Filling out this survey and returning it to your county agent will also guarantee that you will receive a notice of the 2002 Beef IRM calendar. This data is helpful to assessing the value of this calendar. If you are a repeat calendar user and you have filled out an initial users survey in the past, you do not need to fill it out a second time. If you used the Beef IRM calendar in 2000, please fill out the '2000 Calendar Followup Survey.'
STEP 2. Define the Calving Period You Expect for 2001.
These dates are based on the breeding season that you used in 2000.
STEP 3. Define the Calving Period You Want for 2001-2002.
Define your desired calving period for 2001-2002. Find these 'due dates' using the Gestation Table at the end of this calendar. For example, if you want your calves to begin coming on March 1, you will find this 'due date' corresponds to a breeding date of May 23. Therefore you should begin your breeding season on May 23, 2000. Some dates are included in the calendar itself for convenience. (Caution: you should not go from year-round to short season calving in one year. See ASC 58: 'A controlled season cattle breeding program' for help in going to a controlled breeding season.)
STEP 4. Take care of bull/semen needs.
At least 30 days prior to breeding season, purchase bull (tested for breeding soundness) and/or order semen. Get a Breeding Soundness Evaluation on farm bulls.
STEP 5. Prepare for heat synchronization and/or artificial insemination.
Set up the the feeding and injection schedules for your particular synchronization product. Follow the product directions. For example, if you are using MGA, start feeding 34 days prior to synchronized breeding and feed for 14 days - then inject prostaglandin 19 days after discontinuing MGA feeding. Artificially inseminate on estrus - 1 to 6 days after prostaglandin injection. For more information on estrus synchronization products refer to ASC-32 and ASC-108.
STEP 6. Decide how many times and when you will work cattle.
STEP 7. Forage Planning
STEP 8. Economic Practices
STEP 9. Final Customization
Look at remaining stickers and see how they might help coordinate/plan your beef management this year.
Use blank stickers to write in customized items (e.g. attend production meetings, field days, family vacation, tobacco jobs and other farm enterprises)