Three key management concepts can help commercial cow calf operations improve the productivity of their cow herds. However, planning and preparation must take place well in advance of the spring breeding season.
By Katie Allen and Connor Orrock, Kansas State University Extension
Spring breeding season has arrived, and many cattle producers are likely thinking about selecting their next herd sire. This one decision could affect their profitability drastically, and with the stress of calving season, it is easy to get lost in sire information and make an investment that could be detrimental to the bottom line.
The annual Cattle report estimated that total cattle inventories in the U.S. were up 3.2 percent year over year at 92.0 million head. From various inventories categories we can calculate an estimated supply of feeder cattle outside of feedlots. For January 1, 2016, this estimate is 25.9 million head, up 5.3 percent from one year ago.