Rethink Cow Culling Priorities

Should that temperamental cow get a second chance? Should beef producers consider more intensive management for older cows?

Management decisions relating to culling stock cows have increased dramatically in complexity under current market conditions, says Jim Krantz, a South Dakota State University cow/calf specialist.

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According to Krantz, low national cattle inventories indicate potential for continued profitability in the cow/calf sector for several years to come, but the figures may also alter many historic recommendations on culling cows.

When reviewing the factors that influence culling decisions, about 80% of cows are culled because they are open, age or teeth concerns, or simply unproductive, Krantz says. The remaining 20% leave the herd because they produced small calves, had dispositions problems, were injured, or had udder problems and, in some cases, eye concerns.

Should that temperamental cow get a second chance? Should beef producers consider more intensive management for older cows?

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