November 2011, Cull Cow Prices

We had a vet pregnancy check our cows.  We do this every year so we can sell the cows that aren’t bred, (open).  Winter hay costs are the most expensive part of keeping cattle, so it makes sense to sell before winter.

We sorted out five old cows to sell at the local sale barn.  In addition to selling open cows, we also sell old cows when it looks like they’ll have a difficult winter.  We want them to live a quality life, free from undue hardship.

These cows were going to be eleven next spring.  It was bittersweet selling them, because they were some of the first offspring after we started using Red Angus bulls in the year 2000.  They have been fine cows, raising a calf every year for the past nine years.  Before I become too pensive, here is their market information:

Weight Price per pound Total dollars
1385 .67 928
1365 .62 846
1355 .63 854
1325 .62 822
1215 .665 808

These are historically high prices for cull cows.  I can remember years when we received $400 for a cull cow.

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