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Dollars on the Table
Mon Jul 29, 2013 11:18 AM CDT

If you pull calves off their dams and load them up without weaning or vaccinations, you might feel it's the cheap way out. But the odds are against you.

Emmit Rawls says preconditioning is a proven way to slide calves into a more profitable price period. The retired University of Tennessee ag economist explains: "The most profitable time to market spring-born calves is to precondition in the late fall and sell after the first of the year. Even adding weight, which normally drops the price per pound, tends to be overshadowed by the ...

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