Aiming for price premiums

Compiled by Kindra Gordon from CAB

Cattle Business Weekly

Of course, topping the market is top of mind with producers as the fall calf marketing run draws closer. To that end, University of Illinois animal scientist Dan Faulkner says management is the top factor in ensuring that calves will grade well at harvest – and a lot of that management starts at the ranch.

To illustrate just how paramount management is, Faulkner says data he’s studied indicates management – be it health, vaccination and nutrition protocols – influences cattle quality grade six times more than genetics.

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