Cow Calf: How Much Is A Bull Worth?
Performance information along with and expected progeny differences (EPDs) give an indication of the expected performance of a bull’s calves for particular traits such as growth performance relative to the performance of calves sired by another bull or group of bulls. Using this information, educated purchasing decisions can be made regarding the purchase price differences that can be justified when comparing bulls.
To illustrate differences in bull value, here is an actual production scenario. Bull A and Bull B were exposed to cows of similar genetic merit. Bull A sired calves that weighed on average 536 pounds at weaning. Calves sired by Bull B weighed 643 pounds on average at weaning.