Cattle Preconditioning – Does Extra Cost & Work Bring Extra Dollars?
A preconditioned calf is one that has been vaccinated, castrated and weaned for 30-45 days prior to sale date and has experience feeding from a bunk. Most producers would agree that preconditioning adds value to calves but are not certain whether the benefits outweigh the costs.
Cattle buyers will usually pay for value but they need to be assured that the preconditioning has been done properly and is worth it. Fortunately, availability of animal information to the buyer has never been better which allows buyers to find cattle easily. Consequently source verification of cattle has become as important as preconditioning itself.