Beef Magazine is part of the Informa Markets Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Fed cattle two frame scores apart have $200 difference

North Dakota researchers compare industry-standard 5.5 frame score with 3.8 frame score and find $200 difference in fed-cattle value.

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.”

To read the entire article, click here.


You might also like:

Do small cows make more money?

13 utility tractors that will boost efficiency

How to get more value from your cull cows

14 thoughts to help get those heifers bred

Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.