Dan’s Cow-Calf Corner Act Now to Add Value to Weaned Calves

Mark Z. Johnson, Oklahoma State University Extension Beef Cattle Breeding Specialist — Added value can be captured through marketing preconditioned weaned calves or retained ownership past weaning. Along with weaning at least 45 days, preconditioning includes several practices that add value to cattle for the buyer and seller. Beyond this, additional weight gain can be added by growth implants, adding further value to your calves. • Bovine respiratory disease is the biggest issue for stocker operators and feedlots. Fully vaccinated and preconditioned calves have been shown to have reduced sick pulls in the receiving pens by 90% and decrease chronics…

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