Why is 45 Day Weaning Important to Feeder Calf Health??

The “Value-Added” calf sales will begin in October and continue in the fall months. Therefore some of the required weaning dates may already be here, and others are only a few days away. Most of the “Value-Added” calf sales require that the calves are weaned at least 45 days prior to sale date. Some cow calf producers may wonder why the post-weaning period needs to be so lengthy. Data from Iowa (Faber, et al. 1999 Iowa State University Beef Research Report) from over a nine year period in a couple of their feedout tests compared the health status of calves…

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