Beef cattle producers can during the summer boost the weaning weights of calves born in late winter or early spring, according to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.
"Mid-summer is not a very desirable time to work cattle, but some practices sure pay off with extra weight this fall," said Cole.
Among the economical practices Cole recommends for nursing calves are deworming, growth-promoting implants for non-breeding animals and external parasite control.
"The benefits from these could add 40 to 50 pounds additional weight come weaning time," said Cole.
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