Implants Benefit Dairy Steer Calves

Implants Benefit Dairy Steer Calves

John Maday

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Growth-promoting implants, and implant protocols, have evolved considerably since their introduction in 1958. Initially a feedlot tool, implant technology eventually extended the benefits to pre- and post-weaned steers and heifers on pastures. Early concerns that calf implants would reduce feedlot gains, inhibit response to subsequent implants or significantly reduce beef quality have dissipated with refinements in the products and protocols.

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