Leaving money on the table with calf sales?
Seventy-nine percent of the cow-calf farms in our country own less than 50 cows, yet this group of ranchers owns 28.7% of all the beef cows. Sixty percent of producers with less than 50 cows market their calves through a conventional auction and there are management practices that we can perform to make our calves more attractive to buyers sitting in that auction, according to the Pauls Valley, Okla., Daily Democrat.
The first step we could take is narrowing down our calving season. The 2007 APHIS report showed that 55% of beef farms had a year-round calving season. For smaller producers it would be all but impossible to market a group of calves that are of the same sex, color, and size in a year-round calving system.
Find out more about improving calf profitability here.