If you're interested in building a cattle herd with a focus on long term profit and sustainability, you need to be culling cows. Without a disciplined culling strategy in place, under-performing cows will bleed profit out of an operation quick. Not familiar with culling? It's simply the practice of removing poorly performing animals from your herd. But even though the idea … [Read more...] about The Why’s and How’s of Culling Cows
When my wife and I decided to start a cattle farm years ago, we had a specific goal in mind. 100 head of momma cows in ten years. I'm still not sure why exactly I went with the 100 head, but it seemed like a good lofty goal to shoot for, and at the time it made mathematical sense. If you start with 10 heifers, retain all heifer calves as future cows and continue that … [Read more...] about How Fast Should You Grow Your Cattle Herd?
If you keep an eye on cattle prices, you'll notice the large disparity in prices paid for calves of different weights. For instance, 700-800 lb steers in Nebraska are currently selling for around $1.60/lb, but in the same market, 300-400 lb steers are up around $2.20/lb. Now that's a huge difference! So what's the deal? To better understand the disparity in prices of different … [Read more...] about Why Are Lighter Calves Worth More Per Pound?