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Managing Cull Cows

November 14, 2012

Weekly ag Column by Mike Boersma, County Extension Educator with the U of M Extension Service in Murray and Pipestone Counties
Cow/calf producers are currently making important decisions about next year's cow herd and the resulting calf crop. Many producers will be selling (culling) a percentage of the cows in their herd over the next few months. Some common reasons for culling cows are failure to breed, poor performance, udder and other structural problems, and old age. In many cases, these cows are sorted soon after pregnancy checking or fall vaccinations and are sent directly to the local sale barn with the “out of site, out of mind” mentality. In many cases, these cows are thin; especially if they are being sold because of poor performance, old age, or structural problems. As a result, these thin cows are often sold for a less-than-ideal price at the sale barn.

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