Encourage clients to pre-condition

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calf in the chuteGeni Wren It’s been proven time and time again that pre-conditioning pays in healthier, heavier calves at sale time.

For those clients who may be smaller or not have adequate working facilities to pre-condition calves, consider hauling a portable chute to where they are and making it more convenient for them to pre-condition calves.

Oklahoma State University has an excellent paper on the benefits of pre-conditioning calves such as:

  • Marketing heavier calves after preconditioning than at wean­ing
  • Usually marketing calves at a higher seasonal price after preconditioning than at weaning
  • Oftentimes receiving a price premium from buyers for healthier and better performing preconditioned calves

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