Culling Priorities at Preg Checking

River Valley Extension District
River Valley Extension District

In a year of a drought or several years of drought, culling cows in a herd becomes a must to maintain the operation.  There are times in life when tough decisions must be made, and in the beef business that can come when feed resources are limited or a time of generational transition.

River Valley District Livestock Production Agent Kaitlyn Hildebrand says cows that are not bred are often the first ones to leave the ranch when making a culling decision.

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Hildebrand says the first thing you want to know in making a culling decision is it just for this year or if it is a situation where there is going to be a reduction in the herd size over multiple years.

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The other important factor to consider when culling cows is the temperament of the animal.

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If you have any questions, please contact Hildebrand in the Concordia office at (785) 243-8185 or at khildebrand@ksu.edu