By Donald Schoderbek, CSU Extension Range Specialist
Let's talk about stocker cattle in Colorado.
Maybe you know them as a savvy buyer of 'odds and ends' at the sale barn. Perhaps they are a cow-calf operator who holds back some steers for extra profit. Or, they run a crackerjack starting yard. I'm talking about the so-called 'elusive' stocker operator. These operations exist because of a simple fact - young cattle are risky cattle, and feedlots prefer a safer investment. Stocker operators get those rangy steers into feedlot shape! agriculture