Here are the Top 10 management tips to consider for February:

1. Cattle requirements are increasing and herds have calves being born; be sure to match diets with requirements.

2. Review feed inventories and re-evaluate your plan for allocating feed to cattle in light of current winter conditions.

3. If cows are in great condition, save better-quality hay for feeding after calving; consider which hay to carry over for next year.

4. Increase feed deliveries in cold weather (yes, we actually may have cold weather this year!) and consider feeding in the afternoon; this keeps cattle warmer at night and can shift calving to daylight hours.

5. Prepare for calving (everything from pre-calving vaccinations to getting all supplies ready) if your cows are getting close.

6. Review health, feeding and implant strategies for newly purchased backgrounded calves to optimize performance unless Natural premium outweighs opportunity cost.

7. Secure seed and fertilizer purchases for planting in spring of 2012.

8. Familiarize yourself with expected progeny differences (EPDs) and current breed-average EPDs and how you can use these numbers in your breeding program.

9. Review existing bull inventory, reflect on the 2011 calf crop, determine needs for the 2012 breeding season, and purchase accordingly.

10. Take time to set goals for your operation in 2012; this gives everyone on your operation something to strive for.