Black Ink: Recognize your calves?

Steve Suther

Most of the calves now nursing cows will be weaned in the next few weeks. Some will shrug it off with little stress and therefore little negative effect on later performance. Others will enter a downward spiral of health from which they may not recover.

Which calves are yours?

Some calves—both crossbred and purebred—were the product of planned genetics and a managed calving season. They are uniform and predictable. 

Others are simply cattle of unknown genetics, and the best they can hope for is to be somebody’s “opportunity calves.”

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