Production records are essential to effectively manage a beef operation. Evaluating the information is necessary to determine the strengths and weaknesses that exist. For example: the calving profile reflects on pre- and post-calving nutrition, and which bulls are effective in covering the cows in his group. It can also indicate whether or not the herd needs to be separated into different groups based on the age or parity of the females. Other information such as the weaning weight as a percent of mature cow size or pounds of calf weaned per cow exposed can also help identify problems. Health and immunization records provide data that both the veterinarian and nutritionist can use to identify problems and possible solutions. Technical assistance can be provided to evaluate records that are available and make
recommendations that could improve overall efficiencies of the operation.
Handling and working animals in a well-designed and well-maintained facility makes it easier on both the animals and the handlers. Less stress is beneficial when administering vaccines or other medications because this improves the animals’ response to the treatment. Having animals move quietly and efficiently in working systems speeds up the work that needs to be done. Re-designing corrals, calving barns, silage pits or handling systems can be done if required.