While cow/calf producers in the southeastern U.S. have long favored a spring calving season, new research from the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture indicates possible advantages of a fall calving season. Photo by T. Johnson, courtesy UTIA.
While cow/calf producers in the southeastern U.S. have long favored a spring calving season, new research from the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture indicates possible advantages of a fall calving season.

Fall calving may yield higher returns for southeastern beef producers

Researchers determine that calving between mid-September and mid-November most profitable for southeastern cow/calf producers.

The vast majority of cow/calf producers in Tennessee and the Southeast using a defined calving season have long favored spring calving; however, researchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) have evaluated the risk and returns for a fall calving season and showed that that timing is everything.

Selecting an optimal calving season involves a complex set of factors, including nutritional demands of brood cows, forage availability, calf weaning weights, calvi

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