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Should you dally up to a BY TIM O’BYRNE Precondition Payoff? Contact your local veterinarian or extension agent in your area, and while you’re at it, get onboard with BQA. For the entire interview with Dr. Jeremy Powell go to www.workingranchmag.com and click on our WR Radio Show icon. and certainly it can enhance profi tability for the cow-calf producer. WR Doc, today’s preconditioning programs are pretty solid, right? JP There’s a lot of consistency between programs today, and some of those programs are even certifi ed by the herd veterinarian; they’re putting their name on the line that these cattle have been preconditioned. WR How important is it for our readers who are thinking about this strategy to establish a valid VCPR (veterinarian, client, patient relationship)? That’s something we here at Working Ranch have been endorsing for a long time. JP I certainly think it’s important, you need to rely on some expertise and maybe even build a team. The veterinarian is important when it comes to the health products and how they’re used, or the region, what types of vaccines need to be used. But I think you might need someone helping with the nutrition of those animals, perhaps you have a consulting nutritionist for your ranch. Most preconditioned calves are going to have to stay on the ranch of origin for 45 days past weaning, so you need to have an ideal ration so you maximize gain during that time period. Also, I think it’s important to consider a marketing consultant. If it’s your sale barn owner you could say to them, “Hey, I’m going to precondition calves, is there a sale I can target when we have them 45-days weaned and ready to go?”. WR It’s generally accepted that a producer will realize a decent ROI if they go this route. Is that true? JP It is true, we see a good ROI in most of the studies they’ve conducted year after year. I am familiar with one from Purdue University where they tracked a program over an 11-year period, and there were variations over those years, but on average there were net returns of $80 per calf. That’s net, after costs were taken out. Preconditioning 101 Checklist • 2 doses respiratory vaccines • 2 doses clostridial vaccines • Internal and external parasites • 45-day post weaning period, bunk & water tank broke • Castrated males • Tipped or dehorned PLUS - whatever your herd veterinarian recommends in your region AND verifi ed ownership/ identifi cation. MARCH 2018 I WORKING RANCH I 17


Working Ranch - March 2018
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