Raising high-health calves increases profitability for cattlemen
Kayla M. Wilkins
Producing high-health calves for the feedlot is a viable way for today’s cattlemen to ensure maximum profitability on their operation. At National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Cattlemen’s College, Mark Hilton, DVM, Purdue University, says producers can significantly increase their bottom line by simply utilizing some precautionary management techniques. He says there is a preconceived notion as to what degree health is important in a feedlot situation, but it should be on the top of each producer’s list. “If that calf gets sick, the chances of profit on that calf are reduced severely,” he explains.