oa Agriprobe - Opportunities for small-scale producers in Eden district - : research news

Volume 11, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1810-9799



A substantial number of small-scale beef producers in the Eden district buy young dairy calves to rear on lactating dairy-type cows. Multiple calves are thus reared per lactating cow per lactating cycle. The purpose is an attempt to increase production and income from limited resources. The weaned calves are sold to agents buying up stockers for beef feedlot operations or at local auctions. Due to the lower growth potential and lack of carcass conformation of finished dairy animals, farmers have to accept reduced marketing prices for these calves.

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