Changing Calving Dates? Here’s Help for Thinking About Finances, Profit and Marketing

We've all heard the advice about changing from calving in February and March to a time when the weather is nicer and the grass is growing. There are all kinds of reasons why it's a good thing to do, but it's not as simple as changing the date when you turn out your bulls. In fact, Larry Wagner of Wagner Land & Livestock argues that the very last thing you should think about is when you turn out the bulls. Instead he says you should focus on how you market the end product. "Are you going to background? Are you going to sell feeder cattle? You need to think all these things through. Those are all the important things. Because they're going to be your profit and keep your ranch going." Luke Perman of Rock Hills Ranch in Lowry, South Dakota says figuring that out means thinking differently. "I think the biggest challenge, I wouldn't even call it a disadvantage, you have to think differently as to how to manage the marketing of those later born calves. If you're used to calving earlier and selling in the middle of the fall run, the second Saturday in October or whatever, and you're used to selling a 560 pound steer, you're going to have to rethink that." To help you with that, the eleven ranchers in this video talk about what they learned about staying profitable after they made the switch to May/June calving. I'll summarize the key points for you here. Know Your Product Brett Nix says they used to sell some of their heifer calves at the sale barn for other folks to ta

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