By Gary Sliworsky, Ag rep, Emo
Many factors are responsible for the loss of weight or “shrink” of calves and feeder and slaughter cattle during marketing.
Shrinkage directly affects the income of all cattle producers.
Some shrinkage occurs naturally. For example, cattle will lose two percent of their body weight overnight.
When marketing cattle, shrinkage can be reduced through better handling techniques, attention to environment and diet, market planning, and an appreciation of animal psychology.