The current growth benchmark for actual weaning weight is 554 pounds at 192 days of age, with an average daily gain of 2.5 pounds.
Adding value and capturing that value (making money) versus adding value and losing value (losing money) is largely a function of your break-even price.
The late great George Carlin had a routine about a weather forecaster. The forecast for tonight: dark. Continued dark throughout the night, with scattered light in the morning. Some predictions are easy.
As a whole, today’s cattle reproduce very well.
In fact, earlier in 2017, the forecast was for returns to be negative, but they actually will be positive.
The beef cattle industry has experienced some extraordinary dynamics in the past decade that provoked unprecedented volatility and record price levels.
Silver linings are hard to find in a cattle market just two years removed from record-high prices—but they exist.
This year's weather extremes will play a role in the success of calf marketing programs.