Ensuring that a calf's transition from weaning to the feedlot is smooth is the primary job of a stocker operation. However, that transition can often times be a challenging one.
Proper management of these cattle post-weaning can make the difference on the bottom line.
Dale Blasi, director of the Kansas State University Beef Stocker Unit, said cow-calf producers can help the transition for their calves from the cow to the stocker producer by ensuring those calves have gone through a low-stress weaning period.
"Weaning is an important time for the calves and stress can lead to a weaker immune system, thus creating other problems that will ultimately reduce the value of a calf as it ultimately reaches harvest ," he said. "For example, fenceline weaning is one such management tool that helps minimize stress."