A stocker cattle contract is used when a cattle producer wants to hire someone to feed out the progeny through weaning. There are several issues to consider when a cattle producer hires a stocker feeder after the progeny are weaned. Here are just a few considerations for the stocker cattle agreement:
• Feed and Nutrition: This section should include pasture quality and supplemental vitamins and nutrients to be given to the progeny
• Animal Health: The contract should address who will be responsible for vaccinations, veterinary care, and deworming for internal parasites.
• Control of Pests: This issue ncludes insecticides and fly control
• Average Daily Gain: Agreement should specify any promises that are being made in regards to average daily gain (“ADG”)
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