graybull wrote:In my part of the world.........big dead calves don't sell well. Much better to have a live small calf.
In the article that Silver posted they stated that small calves(40 to 60 lb) calves didn't do as well farther down the line.
So possibly the rancher selling those calves might do better the calves themselves have high death loss at weaning and in the feedlot.They also aren't as thrifty because they didn't get as much colostrum.
That's their theory.
Again the moderate sized caves that most of us strive for probably make us the most money.
A bunch of us are getting to old to mess around pulling big calves. I think it used to be a badge of honor to some that had cows with 6 C section scars. Showing off the dead 140 lb calf they pulled out.