The real facts about cattle implants and their value

Implanting cattle is not a new technology. It’s been around for years. It has the potential to add as much as 5% more pounds to your calf crop. Yet, fewer and fewer producers are employing the practice. Why?

Implanting cattle is not a new technology. It’s been around for years. It has the potential to add as much as 5% more pounds to your calf crop. Yet, fewer and fewer producers are employing the practice. Why?

Unfortunately, we as producers are faced with battling myths and urban legends about the food we provide. Although there is no science behind it, we are faced with the stigma of hormones in beef, and the resulting “natural beef” that many are producing to satisfy this concern. We figured now would be a good time to review what we know about implanting since we’re entering the time of year when winter/spring born calves are ready for this practice.

To read more about consumer perceptions of the use of implants in beef production, click here.

 

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