Cattle Magazine Cattle Vet’s Voice: Calf castration can add overall value for cattle producers – Bryan-College Station Eagle

Vet’s Voice: Calf castration can add overall value for cattle producers – Bryan-College Station Eagle



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October promises several recurring fond memories: getting out of school for Columbus Day, trick-or-treating for Halloween, and the (sometimes) seasonal delicacy Rocky Mountain oysters. This isn’t a culinary article, and a certain level of professionalism is expected among herdsmen. How many have considered the value of this oft-scoffed treat?

A quick search finds recent offerings to consumers for $11-$20. Of course, there is an ideal size which will influence the number of bites per pound, but the collection, marketing and establishment of a consumer base may be out of reach for some producers. Surely there is additional value to the removal of the raw product.

Castration of calves is a common agricultural practice involving the removal of testicles from a preferably young calf. This is done to minimize aggression between growing cattle and to improve meat quality. There are some benefits to the rate of growth from castrated cattle. Approximately 77% of commercial bull calves are castrated in the United States, according to the 2017 USDA Beef Cattle Survey.

As calf producers, calves sold as bulls may receive a $5-$7/cwt discount compared to steers. Even if you choose to not save the leftovers of calf-working for later marketing,
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