School of Animal Science News Archive Published 10/19/17
In In the southeast, approximately 55% of cow/calf herds calve during the spring (approximately 65% nationwide) which means over 50% of our calves are weaned in the fall. There are many ways we can market weaned calves; however, deciding on which marketing strategy is often times dependent upon several factors such as facilities, labor, and forage and feed resources. With the downward turn in the cattle market since 2015, premiums now play an important role in a marketing decision. Two years ago, it did not matter if you sold your calves at weaning or backgrounded them, all calves were worth a premium.
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