Cull cows are often overlooked as an important source of income to the cow-calf enterprise although they account for 15 percent to 30 percent of that income. Many producers sell cull cows when they are culled from the herd. However several factors should be considered to see if this is the most profitable strategy.

When deciding whether to sell the cows when culled or feeding them and selling them later, you should first consider the seasonality of prices. Prices are normally at their lowest in winter and reach their highest level in March, April and May.

The second factor to consider is how the cows will grade on the rail. By feeding the cows before market, you increase carcass grade and receive higher prices. However, factor in the cost of the feeding program.