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Cow Depreciation – What It Is and Why It’s Important to Know

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Aaron Berger is a Beef Systems Extension Educator for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He works out of the Panhandle Research and Extension Center. His areas of focus are beef systems for sustainability, profitability, health and well-being, quality and wholesomeness.


  1. Christine Page says:

    Surely something is wrong if the average productive life of a cow in this system is only 4years? Why so low, a healthy well cared for cow should raise 8 – 10 calves easily.

    • Joe says:

      A lot of people overestimate the productivity of their cows. The open heifers, 2 yr olds that don’t rebreed, along with the handful that drop off for not breeding back or other reasons drop the average productivity of the entire herd.

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