Time to Go To Pasture

March tasks for beef management pile up for Southern producers. Compiled by staff

Published on: Mar 20, 2006

The Alachua County (Fla.) Cooperative Extension Service offers this reminder list for cattle producers. Print it out. Get your pen and start checking off these items on the March to-do list.

  • Fertilize pasture to stimulate early growth and get fertilizer incorporated in grass roots while the field still has good soil moisture.
  • Prepare land for summer crops.
  • Begin grazing warm season permanent pasture.
  • Check and fill mineral feeder.
  • Observe bulls for condition and success. Rotate and rest if needed.
  • Deworm cows as needed.
  • Make sure calves are healthy and making good weight gains.
  • Hand forced-use dust bags by April 1 for external parasite control or use insecticide-impregnated ear tags.
  • Identify, vaccinate, implant and work late calves.
  • Pull bulls out by March 22 to end calving season Jan. 1.