Backgrounding savvy increases gains in calves
With no two production systems the same, producers may have to explore what works for them when backgrounding calves. Most producers hate to sell at today’s prices, so many are looking at the possibility of backgrounding their calves, at least through the winter. According to University of Nebraska ruminant and nutrition specialist Jim MacDonald, ranchers may be able to add some value to their calves, while waiting out low prices, reports the Fence Post.
One of the biggest benefits of backgrounding calves is the flexibility it gives producers in the marketing process. If they choose to background, ranchers must first decide what product they want to market, MacDonald said. “System optimization may differ for a cow/calf operator who is backgrounding through the winter months, a stocker cattle operator who is marketing to a feedlot, or an integrated operator who owns the calf from weaning until it is marketed to the packing plant,” he said.
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