Tips for 'road-weaned' and 'home-grown' calves

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Geni Wren It’s weaning and shipping time for calves and it’s important to help your producers make the most of whatever type of calves they have. Becky Funk, DVM, Fairview Veterinary Clinic, Overton, Neb. says she is seeing a fairly significant influx of "road-weaned" calves coming out of southern drought areas. 

“I am encouraging my producers to be especially diligent about deworming programs and attention to vitamin/mineral status when getting them started,” Funk says. “Currently, most of my producers have elected to make free choice mineral available and it seems to do a good job, although if someone wanted to utilize injectable products at processing I wouldn't be opposed to it”. 

For Funk’s clients with "home-grown" calf weaning programs, who are retaining ownership longer than about 60 days, she says they are still getting some great return on investment from adding a  white dewormer to their weaning protocol. “I also encourage them to use an implant strategy for these calves,” she says. “By combining the two we see some significant improvements in gains, as well as overall ‘eye appeal’ when they get to the sale barn.”

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