RICHMOND, Maine — The Maine Beef Producers Association will sponsor a preconditioned feeder calf sale 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Dick Brown’s facility at D and S Farm in Richmond, Maine.
Preconditioning reduces the incidence of respiratory disease and enteritis by increasing the immunity of the calf in preparation of the stress of weaning and shipping. Dehornings and castrations are healed.
Some calf producers consigning animals to the sale also have signed affidavits attesting that their animals have been raised under the association Natural Meats program protocol of never having received hormones, antibiotics, or feeds or feed supplements containing animal-by-products. And/or that their animals are 100 percent grass fed — no grains, grain-by-products, grain crops, grain crop silages or other prohibited feeds under the USDA grass fed guidelines.
The association expects 75 to 100 calves weighing 600 to 700 pounds to be sold at the sale.
Pre-conditioning protocolinformation is available athttp://bit.ly/V5btMl or http://www.mainebeefproducersassociation.