Where High-Risk Calves Mean High-Rewards

Where High-Risk Calves Mean High-Rewards

Becky Mills

Progressive Farmer

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.

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