Backgrounder/ Stocker

Backgrounding

There are many types of backgrounding or growing systems for beef cattle.  Backgrounding operations’s objectives are to grow young/lightweight cattle to prepare for summer pasture or feedlot finishing.  The most common system in Wisconsin is to use high-forage diets to grow cattle from 1 – 2 lb/day through the winter.

Stocker

Stocker operations are to prepare young/lightweight cattle for feedlot finishing and this is most commonly done on summer pasture in Wisconsin.

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