Considerations for making a profit with stocker cattle

Considerations for making a profit with stocker cattle

Jeff Lehmkuhler

Progressive Cattleman

The Southeast is home to more than 7.3 million beef cows (USDA 2018) and likely marketed more than 4.6 million feeder calves in 2018. The cow-calf industry in this region provides an opportunity for stocker and backgrounding operations to co-exist. Tight margins place these enterprises at higher risk, and finding mechanisms to add value is essential.

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