Feed Lot

SEP-OCT 2018

Feedlots and cow/calf operations in the beef industry who feed 500 or more has annually on grains and concentrates; maintain 500 or more beef cows; backgrounder, stocker/grower, preconditioner; veterinarian, nutritionist, consultant

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30 FEED•LOT September/October 2018 receiving program should include nutrition and health protocols in- cluding target intakes, injectable and feed-grade antibiotic treatment protocols, and necropsy protocols. Prior to calves arriving at your operation, make sure your feed inventory is fresh and you have your receiving rations ready to go. Pens should be scraped clean and waters should be cleaned and disinfected. As calves enter the pen, they should have immediate access to highly-palatable grass or prairie hay. Aside from being highly pal- atable, receiving rations should School is back in session and many children have recently ex- perienced the stress of their first trip to school. Undoubtedly, both parents and children experience a certain level of stress the first day they have to go their separate ways. Children are exposed to a variety of new people, new expe- riences, and new challenges. Per- haps it is not the perfect metaphor for weaning calves, but there are some similarities. Is it any wonder that the stress and exposure can lead to a rash of sickness in both cases? The following are sugges- tions for managing the weaning phase to improve profitability, qual- ity of life, and reduce morbidity and mortality. First and foremost, understand- ing the kind of calves you are receiv- ing is important. There is quite a dif- ference in the level of risk between fully preconditioned calves direct from a single well-managed ranch versus put-together fly-weights col- lected over the course of 2 – 3 days at 1 or more sale barns. From a health standpoint, we strongly encourage you to talk to your local veteri- narian and customize a program for your operation and the kind of calves you deal with. A weaning and STOCKER SPECIAL Weaning and Starting Calves on Feed

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