Alternative Retention and Marketing Strategies for Cull Beef Cows

Cull cows are a revenue source that gets relatively little attention for cow-calf producers with respect to marketing strategy. This three-year study compares alternative marketing strategies with the traditional practice of marketing spring-calving cull cows in the fall immediately after weaning. Cull cows were randomly assigned to either a pasture or low-cost dry-lot feeding program. Results favor the lower cost, pasture-based feeding program with spring marketing over fall marketing. Low-cost maintenance coupled with seasonal increases in slaughter cow prices beyond culling combined to increase net returns for retaining and feeding cows on native pasture for about a three-month period.

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Jun 11 2013
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Journal of the ASFMRA (American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers), 2013
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