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What’s important during this life stage?
Establishing calf health (managing high-risk calves and getting them back on track prior to feedlot entry)
Efficient calf growth at minimal cost
Reducing calf stress prior to feedlot entry
Bloat: Self-fed beef cattle can easily fall victim to bloat if proper precautions aren’t taken.
Commingling of large groups of animals increases the risk of a novel pathogen being introduced to the herd. Respiratory disease:
Tips for maximizing health and performance
Provide proper nutrition.
Make sure that the trace mineral requirements of animals are being met, especially since most
backgrounding systems are forage-based with limited supplementation in order to keep costs down.
Minimize animal stress.
Utilize a transition period, which will spread the animals’ exposure to stressors out over a longer, more manageable period.
Establish gut health.
Provide supplementation through use of a mannan-oligosaccharide product like
Bio-Mos® 2 as cattle transition from weaning to backgrounding.
Introduce grains slowly.
This will allow the rumen to adapt to a higher starch content.
Doing this also helps prevent bloat and ruminal acidosis.