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Deciding on the best month for calving, kidding, or lambing depends on a variety of factors, including climate, feed availability, and market demand. However, there are some general considerations that can help guide the decision-making process.

In general, most farmers and ranchers prefer to schedule calving, kidding, or lambing during the spring months, typically March or April. This is because the weather is generally milder, and there is typically more forage available for grazing, which can help to support lactation and growth in newborn animals.

In addition, scheduling calving, kidding, or lambing during the spring months can help to align with market demand. Many consumers prefer to purchase meat from animals that are born and raised during the spring and summer months, as these animals are often perceived as being more flavorful and tender.

However, there are also some potential drawbacks to scheduling calving, kidding, or lambing during the spring months. For example, springtime weather can be unpredictable, with potential for late-season snowstorms or cold snaps that can be detrimental to newborn animals.

Alternatively, scheduling calving, kidding, or lambing during the fall months, typically September or October, can also have advantages. Fall-born animals can take advantage of the typically mild weather and abundant forage during the early months of their lives, and can be marketed during the spring and summer months when demand is typically high.

However, fall-born animals may also face challenges, such as the potential for cold and wet weather during their early months, which can increase the risk of illness or death. In addition, fall-born animals may be subject to lower market prices, as consumers may not associate them with the same quality or flavor as spring-born animals.

Ultimately, the decision of when to schedule calving, kidding, or lambing will depend on a variety of factors specific to each individual operation. By carefully weighing the advantages and disadvantages of each option and considering factors such as weather, feed availability, and market demand, farmers and ranchers can make an informed decision that best suits their unique circumstances.