Alternative Feeding Strategies for Cows and Calves from Drought Related Forage Shortages


This paper will concentrate on early-weaned calves and feeding high grain rations to cows in order to survive the drought. Let’s look at some of the key questions being asked by cattlemen and review what information is available.


Questions to Ask

  •  Should I consider alternative feeding systems or simply sell the cows?

  •  In many cases, cow/calf pairs now being sold are split and sold separately. Should I keep the calves?

  • Why early wean beef calves?

  • How early can calves be weaned?

  • How will early-weaned calves perform?