Basic Beef Cattle Biology

B oth look to sell c a lves a t wea ning a s their c

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Unformatted text preview: 000 in the US). B oth look to sell c a lves a t wea ning a s their c hief inc ome sour c e. However , the pur ebr ed br eeder a lso sells inta c t bull c a lves or super ior genetic mer it for gr owth or milk pr oduc tion etc , to the c ommer c ia l c ow- c a lf pr oduc er . Remember - to get c a lves you need a bull. Commer c ia l c a ttlemen pur c ha se their bulls fr om the pur ebr ed oper a tor , so the seedstoc k pr oduc er must not just pr oduc e qua lity c a lves for sa le a s eventua l beef, but must a lso pr oduc e super ior bulls, the fa ther s of futur e gener a tions. b) The Yea r ling- Stoc ker Segment: This pr oduc er is r esponsible for a dding weight to wea ned c a lves pr ior to their shipment to feedlots. Ca lves a r e usua lly yea r lings when they lea ve the stoc ker a t 700 to 900 lbs. Stoc ker s a r e usua lly r a ised on c hea p, a va ila ble for a ge, wher e you a r e tr ying to put bone gr owth a nd ‘ fr a me’ on the a nima l a nd not mea t. c ) The F eedlot Industr y: F eedlots a r e c onfinement feeding oper a tions wher e c a ttle a r e fed high gr a in r a tions (up to 90% gr a in, 10% r ougha ge for the fina l 100- 150 da ys on feed). Stoc ker s a r e pur c ha sed with the goa l of feeding these steer s up to 1050 to 1100 lbs, with a good ‘ finish’ (ma r bling, whic h will c omma nd a higher pr ic e). Ma ny of the feeds her e a r e by- pr oduc ts (like distiller s a nd br ewer...
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