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Natural State Preconditioned Calf Program - GoGreen

The Natural State Preconditioned Calf Program was created to highlight calves that qualify for best management practices from weaning to marketing.  Qualifying calves display a GoGREEN Natural State Preconditioned Calf tag at the time of sale.  

Preconditioned calf with GoGREEN ear tagWhen preconditioning is done right, everybody wins.  Buyers spend less time and money treating sick cattle, sale barns provide healthier cattle and attract new business, and sellers often receive market incentives that cover vaccine costs and shortterm retained ownership may advance market weights and total sale dollars.

For more information, read Is Marketing Preconditioned Calves Right for Me?  and watch the educational videos at the bottom of this page. Contact your local county agent to get started in the program! 

Arkansas Preconditioned Calf Special Sale Dates

GoGREEN calves can participate in these sales. Market specific preconditioning programs and other recognized programs may qualify. Contact the auction market for more details.

Date Location
3/19/22 Bradley County Livestock Barn, Warren
3/21/22 Mid-State Stockyards, Damascus
4/2/22 Clinton Stockyards, Clinton
4/5/22 Arkansas Cattle Auction, Searcy
4/7/22 Cattlemen's Livestock Exchange, Charlotte
4/21/22 Cattlemen's Livestock Exchange, Charlotte
5/3/22 Arkansas Cattle Auction, Searcy
5/5/22 Cattlemen's Livestock Exchange, Charlotte
5/19/22 Cattlemen's Livestock Exchange, Charlotte
6/2/22 Cattlemen's Livestock Exchange, Charlotte
6/7/22 Arkansas Cattle Auction, Searcy
6/16/22 Cattlemen's Livestock Exchange, Charlotte

 

How do I enroll in GoGreen?

To participate, the rancher must first be Beef Quality Assurance certified. Training is available through local county Cooperative Extension Service office sessions this summer or online at www.bqa.org. Once enrolled in the Go GREEN program, ranchers should develop a calf management plan based on the criteria listed on the qualifying form and must have documentation of health products purchased and dates administered. After all the best management practices have been documented, tags can be picked up from the county extension office. To participate in the Go GREEN program, there is a ranch enrollment fee of $10 for 3 years and a $2 per calf qualifying fee.

  1. Become BQA certified.
  2. Adopt a few Best Management Practices like castrating bull calves, removing horns, vaccinating calves for respiratory diseases and blackleg, treat calves for internal parasites, and keep calves at least 45 days after weaning before marketing.
  3. Complete the qualifying form and visit your county extension office to pick up your Natural State Preconditioned Calf Program Go GREEN TAGS.
  4. Tag and provide all documentation at market.

  1. Look for the Official Green Natural State Preconditioned Calf tag.
  2. Ask sale barns for copies of the qualifying form. 

  1. This program is about what we’re marketing, not where and when we’re marketing.
  2. Sale barns do not need to enroll in the program or have special sales to market calves enrolled in the program.
  3. Sale barns are free to use the Natural State Preconditioned Calf Program to create special sales to attract sellers and buyers.
  4. Ask sellers for copies of the qualifying form.
  5. Provide buyers with copies of the qualifying form.

 GoGreen Forms and FAQs

 


GoGreen Education

 Steps Toward Increasing the Value of Your Calves

 Transcript of "Steps Toward Increasing the Value of Your Calves"

 Adding Value to Your Calves and Your Beef Industry

 Dr. Eric Bailey

 

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