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David Sparks Ph.d Implanting growth
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Idaho Ag Today
Date: March 12, 2019

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There are many feedlots that believe that non-implanted calves perform better in the feedlot than implanted calves. Dr.Tom Short, associate director in Outcomes Research with Zoetis gathered four years worth of data from video auction sales to see whether these non-implanted calves bring more premiums than growth implanted and if there is a difference in their performance in the feed yard. “We actually found that there is no statistical difference in sale price between implanted and non-implanted cattle.”

Zoetis says that implanting aligns well with key cattle preconditioning processes, such as immunizing and deworming, and will likely not require an extra trip through the chute (and even if so, the performance response more than outweighs the extra processing expense). Long-duration implant options, allow cattlemen to increase operational flexibility and decrease labor costs by extending the window for weight gain up to 200 days.

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