How you can add value to your calves this fall
Cow-calf producers can add significant value to calves prior to sale, says Derrell Peel, Extension livestock marketing economist at Oklahoma State University. Hopefully bull calves were castrated at branding time or earlier but, if not, castration should be done in plenty of time for steers to fully heal prior to sale. The most recent Oklahoma combined auction report shows that the average discount for bulls weighing 450-550 pounds was $62 per head.
Weaned calves bring significant premiums over unweaned calves. The recent auction data shows that weaned steers weighing 450-550 pounds brought an average of $49 per head more than steers marked as unweaned. Unweaned heifer calves were discounted an average of $35 per head, according to the Oklahoma Farm Report.
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