Ongoing trials at North Dakota State University have shown there was only $225 difference as finished cattle between calves with a 3.8 average frame score and a 5.5 average frame score.
Kris Ringwall, NDSU Extension beef specialist, published figures for these cattle, which are May-born calves overwintered and finished the following year.
Ringwall says, "Size discussions are vital within the beef industry because the challenge of surviving is real. Often, those discussions would imply that an absolute answer exists and making the wrong choice would be the demise of the producer's cattle operation. Wrong.
"Granted, traditional production of middle-of-the-road cattle and associated marketing paths are the comfortable travel routes for producers. This always has been true. However, producers realize very quickly that keeping a moderate-sized cow is not simple, and without appropriate selection, cattle size will stray.”
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