Improper or late castration results in a coarse steer or a stag
Example 569 lbs steer @ $97.25 = $553.35
Remember: YOU castrated your own calves - we did not do it for you so don't blame us if it hasn't been done properly!!!
On most horned cattle you will lose about $3 per hundred weight. For example, on a 600 lbs steer you would lose $18.00. On 50 horned steers that multiplies to $900.00 plus the $2 per head deduction. Horns cause unnecessary waste in the cattle industry because of bruising and, occasionally, more serious injuries. Feed lots do not want horned animals.
The Canadian cattle industry has put into effect the Canadian Cattle Identification Program. There is a zero tolerance policy in effect now.Every animal leaving your farm must have a CCIA tag .Inspectors regularly visit the Stockyards to check producer compliance. There is a penalty for violation of this program. Spiritwood Stockyards is unable to put your cattle through the sales ring if hey are not tagged. Arrangements may be made for us to provide assistance prior to sale day for a nominal fee of $5.00 per head for calves, $10.00 per head for cows and $15.00 per head for bulls. Producers must provide the tags.
If you are going to wean animals still in the fall, the calves should be weaned at least six weeks and preferably longer. They should have received all their vaccinations prior to weaning. They should be on the best of growing rations because you will have to have weight gain and have the cattle looking thrifty to get market value out of them.
You would be better off to
sell them right off of the cow that to put them in a pen with a bale of
hay, a salt block and water for a couple of weeks then sell them. The
calves would be better off too.
BSE Surveillance Program Animal Program Inspector – Ron
If you have an animal that cannot be marketed through the Stockyards for various reasons such as (bad eye, bad hips, unhealthy looking lumps, sickness, or any other unknown causes) please contact this office and they will come to your farm, help you destroy the animal and take the head for testing.
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