Something that stuck with me during the tour… We had a backgrounder on the tour bus talking about what he does. (I had no idea but a backgrounder is, conceptually, an intermediate feedlot. Cows are taken to a backgrounder and fed a cheaper feed to add size.)
I found his comment interesting. After coming from hearing Gordon Stucky talk about the importance of weaning calves in a stress-free environment, we heard the backgrounder mention some of the calves who come to him are weaned on the semi from the Southeast to his ranch. Not exactly stress-free… At least the calves have a backgrounder to look after them.
Hopefully, they are a nice as some of the guys we’ve met.