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Managing Culling To Improve Profit

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A little adjustment to breeding timing and to what we call animals when we sell them, can put more money in our pockets.

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South poll cow adapted to our environment with her calf. Last week I described how Judy and I have
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  1. Chip Hines says:

    Marketing. Marketing. Marketing. Steve evaluated the situation and made a couple changes that paid off. If you market your cows like everyone else, you are taking the lowest possible price.

    In eastern Colorado there is no fall calving. Two other alternatives are possible. One is wintering the cow and selling her as soon as she is fat in mid summer. This works well if you can winter a cow very cheaply and let her put on fast gain on green grass which also is cheap. These cows can lose a little weight through the winter. There is a good demand for fat cows in the summer. This is an excellent method if you have a spring flush and need extra cattle to keep up with grass growth but do not want them around later. The important point here is to keep the winter cost low.

    Next is finding or developing a hamburger market for fat cows in the summer. This makes a cow very valuable. Again, keep winter cost low and let the cow gain back of spring growth.

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