BeefTalk: Long-term Cow-culling Rate, Replacement Rate and Cow Age
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Cow culling and heifer replacement are front and center in the fall as producers evaluate older cattle, structurally challenged cattle and cows that fail to reproduce. Moving cows to the market pen is fairly straightforward. Herd growth generally has been subtle, as gradual increases in herd size through time are evident. Most producers know cows are not easy to replace and ponder considerably before writing a sale ticket.