Many ranchers delayed weaning to November and December after switching to April-May calving. NDSU Extension Livestock Specialist Karl Hoppe says the most important thing after calves get weaned, is getting them to eat. “Cattle will be apprehensive towards unfamiliar feed.” According to Hoppe, there’s two philosophies to background calves; delaying marketing until a different time of year or increasing the value of the animal through lower cost of gain. “The cost of gain this year is less than last year. The price of corn makes it attractive for feeding cattle, even with high calf prices.”
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