“It’s no secret that preconditioning calves at weaning can add value. Feeder calf buyers recognize that calves weaned and preconditioned for up to 45 days at home, prior to shipping, greatly increase calf performance and keep health-related expenses to a minimum. In addition, practices such as early weaning can help lower feed costs as they relate to cow performance. For the producer, the question becomes, “when is enough…enough?”

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