All cows receive a Lepto-Vibro vaccination and are wormed each Spring and Fall. They are poured for lice in January. Prior to breeding in the Spring they receive a modified live IBR/Pl3/BVD/BRSV vaccination. Each cow in the herd has been blood tested and certified free of BVD.
Breeding season is from May 10 to July 10 each year. Pregnancy testing is done through Biopryn Blood tests each fall. Conception rates run 94% with 70% of the calves born in the first 21 days of calving season. Heifers calve in the barn. Heifer assistance runs about 5%.
Cow/calf pairs spend summers on native Kansas Flint Hills pastures. Bred cows are wintered on a silage based ration under the direction of Dave McClellan, our consulting nutritionist, prior to being moved to calving pastures in February.