Cull-cow market timing makes a difference in overall profitability

Cull-cow market timing makes a difference in overall profitability

Lee Schulz

Iowa Farmer Today

At cow culling time, producers often face some tough decisions. Profits and prospects matter. As of Nov. 2, the $18 rally in November feeder cattle futures since Aug. 21 aligns with a better 2017 for many cow-calf producers than previously expected. Additional value could also come from holding onto calves, as backgrounding opportunities look promising. Deferred 2018 feeder cattle futures contracts have gained $19 on average since late August.

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