Because certain factors may influence the sale price of feeder calves, it's important to consider which management decisions might increase your bottom line such as preconditioning calves prior to weaning. This was the opening topic at the Weaning Preparation Workshop I attended in Mitchell, S.D. last week. The workshop: "A Season to Profit: Preparing for Weaning," was the second in a series of programs to give beef producers information to help their profit margins.
County Extension Livestock Educator Heather Larson outlined some critical things to think about when considering a preconditioning program. Listen to my interview with Heather to get some quality advice on vaccinating your calves in preparation for weaning season.
Check out BEEF's latest article on this topic by Wes Ishmael for more information: Adding Value Still Pays
BEEF Daily Quick Fact: More than 100 medicines, including insulin and estrogen, come from cattle.