A Case Study of Fall versus Spring Calving for the Rocky Mountain West

Feeder cattle prices are generally lower in the fall, when the volume of calves for sale is highest. Most ranches in the Rocky Mountains calve in March or April, which results in the sale of weaned calves in October, when feeder cattle prices tend to be lowest. This study was initiated with the idea that a rancher might improve profitability by switching to fall calving, which would enable them to sell calves in April at a higher price. In this study, fall calving generated both higher and less variable profit, but mainly because of cost savings.


Issue Date:
2010
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Record Identifier:
http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/96372
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/96372
Published in:
Journal of the ASFMRA (American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers), 2010
Page range:
74-84
Total Pages:
11




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