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The Cost of Thin Cows

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Skinny cows may look better in bikinis, but in the beef business that’s not really how we meas
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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.


  1. Keith Long says:

    I don’t think those weaning weights presented in the first table are in kilograms. 508 kgs is 1120 lbs. I am guessing that they have already been converted to pounds.

    • Rachel Gilker says:

      Keith, we think you are right! Thanks for not having a “beef” with us over that. Those would be some big calves.

  2. Graybull says:

    In my opinion……..BCS have far too many categories for the average rancher to gain a lot of value from formal condition scoring. 4 categories would cover all you need to know……

    1 Thin – Low Condition
    2 Just Below Average Condition
    3 Above Average Condition
    4 Fat

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