Getting started Backgrounding

Backgrounding & feeding questions.
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Re: Getting started Backgrounding

Postby okiek » Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:48 am

I do something similar in OK. I'll turn 4 to 5 weights out on grass in mid to late May and sell in October/November. They have nothing but Bermuda and native grasses except the feed I pour out on weekends to keep them coming in the lot. I try to buy steers so I don't put added stress on them at shipping time by cutting. Last year my average daily gain on steers was 1.32 pounds. The few heifers I had with them gained 1.02 ADG. I'll push to do a little better this year, but was happy with that for the very minimal feed I put in them.
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Re: Getting started Backgrounding

Postby RanchMan90 » Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:56 am

okiek wrote:I do something similar in OK. I'll turn 4 to 5 weights out on grass in mid to late May and sell in October/November. They have nothing but Bermuda and native grasses except the feed I pour out on weekends to keep them coming in the lot. I try to buy steers so I don't put added stress on them at shipping time by cutting. Last year my average daily gain on steers was 1.32 pounds. The few heifers I had with them gained 1.02 ADG. I'll push to do a little better this year, but was happy with that for the very minimal feed I put in them.

That's about what I see for grass gains here. What area of OK?
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Re: Getting started Backgrounding

Postby okiek » Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:06 am

That's about what I see for grass gains here. What area of OK?[/quote]


Those calves were in southern OK about 20 miles east of Ardmore.
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Re: Getting started Backgrounding

Postby RanchMan90 » Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:58 pm

okiek wrote:That's about what I see for grass gains here. What area of OK?



Those calves were in southern OK about 20 miles east of Ardmore.[/quote]
Not far from me. I'm east of Durant
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Re: Getting started Backgrounding

Postby WCBR1025 » Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:34 pm

Thanks for all the replies folks, I’ll take all this good information into consideration as I go forward with my cattle operation.
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Re: Getting started Backgrounding

Postby snoopdog » Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:18 am

The best we ever did was buying from a neighbor , quality calves , just weigh the bunch and pay avg mkt price . You get calves not exposed , and he doesn't have to pay yardage and commission to the barn .
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Re: Getting started Backgrounding

Postby hurleyjd » Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:22 am

Someone somewhere has to being doing calves and cows otherwise no product for you to background
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Re: Getting started Backgrounding

Postby gcreekrch » Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:43 pm

RanchMan90 wrote:Only one way to find out. I would start with 5-6 head and sell them in may. Must have access to bulk feed to be cost efficient. Would have first calves worked at sale or vet. Establish a good relationship with your vet for a vaccination and antibiotic protocol that works for you.



Great post!

I would add buy good quality cattle. The poor ones gain less, cost more to feed for lb of gain and bring less when you take them back.
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