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Preconditioning calves pays off

Amanda Nolz

Photos by Amanda NolzAccording to a recent study, calves in value-added programs sell for greater prices, compared with unweaned, unvaccinated calves, and the price advantage for calves in value-added programs has been increasing in recent years.

There is a lot for producers to think about before selling their calves after weaning. Management decisions made can make or break cattlemen, and there are important factors that influence the sale price of feeder calves. How to market these calves is a critical decision for producers to make and the South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service offered a few ideas during their Weaning Preparation Workshop held on July 30, 2009 at the Mitchell 4-H Complex in Mitchell, SD.

Opening the session was Heather Larson, Extension Livestock Educator from Wessington Springs, SD. Larson, who coordinated the event, shared some ideas for producers when considering a preconditioning program prior to weaning. Her speech was based off a recent study, “Factors influencing price of North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana feeder calves.”

There is a lot for producers to think about before selling their calves after weaning. Management decisions made can make or break cattlemen, and there are important factors that influence the sale price of feeder calves. How to market these calves is a critical decision for producers to make and the South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service offered a few ideas during their Weaning Preparation Workshop held on July 30, 2009 at the Mitchell 4-H Complex in Mitchell, SD.

Opening the session was Heather Larson, Extension Livestock Educator from Wessington Springs, SD. Larson, who coordinated the event, shared some ideas for producers when considering a preconditioning program prior to weaning. Her speech was based off a recent study, “Factors influencing price of North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana feeder calves.”

There is a lot for producers to think about before selling their calves after weaning. Management decisions made can make or break cattlemen, and there are important factors that influence the sale price of feeder calves. How to market these calves is a critical decision for producers to make and the South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service offered a few ideas during their Weaning Preparation Workshop held on July 30, 2009 at the Mitchell 4-H Complex in Mitchell, SD.

Opening the session was Heather Larson, Extension Livestock Educator from Wessington Springs, SD. Larson, who coordinated the event, shared some ideas for producers when considering a preconditioning program prior to weaning. Her speech was based off a recent study, “Factors influencing price of North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana feeder calves.”

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There is a lot for producers to think about before selling their calves after weaning. Management decisions made can make or break cattlemen, and there are important factors that influence the sale price of feeder calves. How to market these calves is a critical decision for producers to make and the South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service offered a few ideas during their Weaning Preparation Workshop held on July 30, 2009 at the Mitchell 4-H Complex in Mitchell, SD.

Opening the session was Heather Larson, Extension Livestock Educator from Wessington Springs, SD. Larson, who coordinated the event, shared some ideas for producers when considering a preconditioning program prior to weaning. Her speech was based off a recent study, “Factors influencing price of North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana feeder calves.”