The late arrival of spring has not only caused changes in planting schedules, it has also given cattle producers cause to rethink how they prepare their herds for the summer.
Iowa State University Extension Beef Specialist Erika Lundy says that many producers are having to put their cattle out to summer pasture at the same time they are breeding back cows.
Lundy says to make sure that diets are not changing suddenly with the move to pasture.
Lundy says to make sure that your cows have shade available to reduce heat stress during the breeding season.
Lundy says that if you are using artificial insemination for your cows, you have a short window to move them to pasture.
Lundy reminds producers to coordinate with their veterinarians.