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Cow Longevity Pays
Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:12 AM CST

Culling cows may be a gut-wrenching decision for some producers, but it's always been pretty easy for Jacob Megehee, of Macon, Miss.

"I want to know two things," the former Army helicopter pilot says. "Has she bred back every year since she was a heifer? And does she raise a good calf every year?"

In today's market, those questions are critical to keeping an operation in the black. But record high prices for bred heifers can make it tough to call "cull" on a dependable older cow. And age, in and of itself, ...

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