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Unformatted text preview: -Herd Health o For nursing dam and calf Minimize Cow Cost-Know Costs o Feed= 50-70% of all costs o Labor= 15-20% of costs o Interest charges= 10-15% of costs-Cull open cows!! Yearling/Stocker Operation-Purchase calves from Cow-calf operation-Graze for 6-10 months o Very cheap weight gain o Popular in southeast with grazing year round o Health is biggest concern-Put 200+lbs gain on animals-Sell to feeders at 500-900 lbs-Buyers look for potential for fast weight gain o Breed, frame size, etc o Compensatory gain-Marketing o Buy low, add cheap weight, sell high-Feed availability o Soil and forage types o Grazing time and intensity-Animal health o Pre-conditioning from Cow-calf operation adds value Anything streesful already done Dehorning, Casturation/Banding, Vaccinations Ready to gain weight Stockering Strategies-Heavy weaned steers and heifers o Go straight to feedlot-Southeast states...
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- Spring '08