By Karla Wilke
Cow-Calk Range Management Specialist 

Panhandle Perspective: Managing Early Weaned Calves


September 1, 2021

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Early weaning of calves may be advantageous in times of drought, when cows are in a confinement system, or as a body condition management tool for very young or old cows.

Early weaning is typically defined as weaning before calves are 150 days of age. In extreme cases beef calves may be weaned at...

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