Do bigger cows pay?
Nearly every cow herd has, at some time, included small cows that are not particularly efficient and large cows that are. Variation exists, but there is a positive relationship between mature size and feed intake. Compared to an 1,100-pound cow, a 1,400-pound cow needs 6.3 pounds more forage each day, reports the Angus Beef Bulletin.
But doesn’t she produce a bigger calf? Looking at economics, it appears each additional 100 pounds of cow weight may generate $6 to $35 of added calf income, depending on markets. But each additional 100 pounds of cow weight generally adds $40-$50 to cow feed costs.
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