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Bullets for Survival in the Cow/Calf Business

Livestock Update, July 1996

The cow/calf segment of the beef cattle industry sat in the catbird seat from 1987 to 1993 because there was shortage of feeder cattle and an expanding backgrounding and cattle feeding industry. The reverse is now true and the cow/calf segment has become the whipping boy. There are four major elements of profit in the cow/calf business. They are calving percent weaned, average calf weaning weight, sale price per pound and cow maintenance cost. There are a number of management bullets that form a check list, involving making needed management shifts in each of these important items.

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