(Podcast) Episode 015: Montana Calving 2017

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What are some good rules of thumb for calving in Montana? The AgEconMT crew chats with Dr. Rachel Endecott, a Professor and The Beef Cattle Extension specialist in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences, about things to be aware of when calving in Montana. Here are some of the highlights:

Minute 1:  Tell us a little about calving here in Montana.

Minute 3: How do you determine proper timing for calving? Is it all natural or by the rancher’s convenience?

Minute 5:15:  What are some things ranchers should be considering when it comes calving time? 

Minute 5:50:  What is colostrum?

Minute 6:30: What can you do to increase colostrum effectiveness and to ensure the calf gets the best colostrum?

Minute 9:45: How can we identify, monitor, and regulate colostrum?

Minute 10:30:  What other things should ranchers look out for and when can they stop monitoring calves so closely? 

Minute 12:  What is scours?

Minute 13:30:  Talk a little bit about expansion and contraction as it pertains to beef management.

(Intro and outro music by Trevor Sensor)

(Photo by Viktor_U_Cat is licensed under CC BY 4.0)

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Eric Belasco

Eric Belasco is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University. He received both his M.S. and Ph.D. in Economics from North Carolina State University in 2005 and 2007, respectively. He conducts research in the areas of agricultural marketing, risk management, farm policy, and financial engineering. Examples of this research include evaluations into grid pricing risk, the use of forward contracts in mitigating profit risk, modeling revenue risk in cattle production, and characterizing the link between weather and production indicators.

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