Ranchers can make more money on their calves if they strive for a three-dimensional cow-calf herd. That's what Tom Brink, founder and owner of Brink Consulting and Trading in Brighton, CO, told about 180 farmers and ranchers attending the first State of Beef conference in North Platte, NE, recently.
The first dimension is one of the most important, he said. "You need to have a functional cow," said Brink. But growers should aspire for more. "To have a two-dimensional herd, you want functional cows that are adapted females with good reproduction rates, reasonable feed costs, longevity and that produce calves that have marketability for feeders," he explained. "You want those calves to perform above average in the feedyard, and you will enjoy better demand for your calves and better sales prices."
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