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To retain or not to retain: a heifer dilemma

Replacing females in the beef cow herd plays a pivotal role in a sustainable and profitable cow-calf operation. Analyzing the cost of raising replacements versus purchasing them can help make informed decisions. If retaining replacements, cattle producers must consider both the costs and potential returns associated with raising and integrating these heifers into the breeding herd. Here are some key financial considerations:

Operational Goals and Risks

Consider the operation's long-term goals and breeding objectives. Retaining heifers aligning with these goals may yield greater returns over ti...


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