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Type: Journal article
Title: Beef cow-calf production
Author: Feuz, D.
Umberger, W.
Citation: Veterinary Clinics of North America: Food Animal Practice, 2003; 19(2):339-363
Part of: Economics of the Red Meat and Dairy Industries / Stephen R. Koontz (ed.)
Publisher: W B Saunders Co
Issue Date: 2003
ISSN: 0749-0720
Abstract: Cow-calf production occurs in all 50 states over varied resource bases and under vastly different environmental conditions. Multiple breeds exist and management styles and objectives are as numerous as the number of cow-calf producers. There is not one area of the country, one breed of cattle, or one management style that is most profitable for producing cows and calves. There are, however, some common strategies that can be employed by cow-calf producers to enhance profitability. Costs need to be controlled without jeopardizing cow herd productivity or net returns. It appears that the cost associated with purchased and harvested feeds varies considerably across operations. Understanding cyclic and seasonal price patterns, weight-price slides, cattle shrink, and other marketing costs can help producers enhance their profit by marketing (and not by just selling) their cattle. Producers with superior cattle genetics can become part of a specific alliance or, at a minimum, document the performance of their cattle so that they can get paid for the superior genetics. The beef industry is changing and will likely continue to change. Cow-calf producers will need to examine their own management practices to determine whether they are optimal for the current industry. Those producers who are most adept at matching their management abilities to their cattle type, their resource base, and the appropriate market outlet will be the most successful in the future.
Keywords: Animals
Animal Husbandry
Food Industry
Meat Products
United States
Description: © 2003 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.1016/S0749-0720(03)00023-9
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