Preconditioned Calves Receive Premium at Market
Heather Smith Thomas
Preconditioned calves (vaccinated prior to weaning) and weaned calves generally bring a $3 to $5 premium (or higher) at market time compared to unvaccinated or unweaned calves. Many backgrounders (grazers) and feedlots have less interest in buying calves whose health status carries more risk.Justin and Sally Angell raise Charolais cattle and he also runs a livestock auction market (Eastern Missouri Commission Co.) in Bowling Green, Missouri. “We have about 110 registered cows, and we also background cattle retaining ownership, sending them west to feed. Thirty to 40 years ago there were many small, local markets.