Culling and Replacement in the Beef Herd

Culling and Replacement in the Beef Herd

Dr. Lew Strickland

University of Tennessee

I can still hear my daddy now "we need to keep that cow for one more lactation because she is one of our best cows and hopefully we will get a heifer from her." It didn’t seem to matter that her udder was broken down and her teats protruded out similar to a hat hanger, we were going to keep her. Now that spring calving is over and breeding season is completed, this is a good time to take a step back and look at your cows to make culling decisions as well as heifers to select for replacements.

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