Drovers
No matter the market – high or low- every pound counts for cattle producers and their bottom line.

Mac Young, AgriLife Extension economist, told attendees at a recent Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association convention that producers have enjoyed the record-high prices of recent years.

If you’re selling, then that’s great. It is not as good for those purchasing replacement heifers or cows. To counteract that, putting as many pounds as possible on your calves will benefit you in the long run, according to Young and this article from Drovers.

All calf management programs can dramatically increase income, according to Young.

“With all-calf management, you are attempting to produce as many pounds as possible,” he said. “What is important whether you have low or high prices, you need to maximize the number of calves you get out of your herd and improve the quality to increase the prices you receive. Even when you have high prices or whether you have a low-price scenario, it does affect your bottom line.”

Farm Assistance program conducted a study that focused on a 2,000-acre ranch with 200 cows or a stocking rate of one animal unit to 10 acres and eight bulls, or one bull to 25 cows. Additional income from hunting was considered and assets, debt, and machinery inventory were kept the same in all scenarios. With no calf management practice, average net cash farm income was $76,970 a year or $385 a cow per year and $428 a calf per year. An all calf-management program of clostridial vaccinations, castration/implants and deworming led to net cash farm income of $89,360, representing $477 a cow per year and $496 a calf per year.

Calf management programs prove to be beneficial to every producer’s bottom line. Read more about what Young has to say in the article from Drovers.


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