n.— «Calves that have been weaned and are intended for sale as commercial feeder cattle, but that have not yet been placed in the feedlot, are commonly referred to as stocker cattle. Immediate demand for stocker cattle is largely determined by forage availability and stocker and feeder cattle prices. Stocker cattle production is an economically viable enterprise characterized by inexpensive weight gain relative to the cow-calf and finishing phases of beef production. Stockers typically weigh between 300 and 800 lbs. “Stockering” calves chiefly serves to increase their weight, and in many cases, quality, while often offsetting seasonal cattle price volatility.» —“U.S. Stocker Cattle Production” Cattle Network Aug. 19, 2009. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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