Where High-Risk Calves Mean High-Rewards
Florida ranchers say you can’t precondition calves in their state. They blame it on an abundance of heat, humidity and mud. Don Quincey proves them wrong 15,000 head at a time. Granted, this cattle business is based at Chiefland, in the northern part of Florida, but there’s no shortage of heat and humidity, not to mention lightweight, high-risk calves. Yet, since 1992, Quincey’s preconditioning operation has turned out healthy calves. And his strategies for enticing stressed calves to eat and drink apply anywhere.