Bunk space can vary depending on if calves were preconditioned or not prior to entering the feedlot.
Preconditioning is a set of management decisions relating to vaccination, weaning, nutrition and housing that maximize health and future growth potential of cattle in the feed yard.
Preconditioning programs for calves can help increase returns on sale day, and this year may provide opportunities to adjust nutritional management and capture more value from your forages.
Producers have a few options for their calves after weaning.
Separating calves from their dams causes behavioral changes that lead to stress.
Taking the proper steps to get calves off to the right start is paramount to the success of a cattle feeding operation.
Calves are most successful in transitioning off the farm when they’ve had good care, are current on their vaccinations, and have been exposed to the challenges of a changing diet.