BY HEATHER SMITH THOMAS Backgrounding can be vastly different from one region or operation to another, depending on climate and what’s available as feed, says Terry Klopfenstein, Professor Emeritus, University of Nebraska. “This period in the calf’s life is the staging factor for our industry. The feedlot hauls cattle to the slaughter plant every…Read More
Health. Source. Genetics. Size. Condition. All of these are factors that cattle buyers should take into account when buying their next load of calves to background on grass or put into a feedlot. A healthy calf is going to eat and grow more efficiently so health is of the utmost importance. Be sure to know…Read More
By : Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Many cow/calf operations with fall-born calves will wean the calves in mid to late June. Weaning during very hot summer weather is stressful enough to the calves. Therefore any management strategy that can reduce stress to the calves should be utilized. “Fenceline weaning”…Read More
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