Cows That Last
Mon Dec 9, 2013 01:26 PM CST

If you've priced replacement heifers lately, or even just added up all the costs of raising your own, you are probably feeling a renewed appreciation for those older, productive cows in the herd.

"Next to fertility, longevity is the most important thing," said Jimmy Collins, Opelika, Ala., producer. He estimates it currently costs him between $1,250 to $1,700 to develop a heifer. So the longer they last is like money in the bank.

Rick Funston, University of Nebraska reproductive physiologist, said one challenge in raising heifers is that for two years they're not ...

Quick View
Related News Stories
DTN Weekly Distillers Grains Update
Ask the Vet
Fall Forage
New Rules
Market's Fine Print
The Market's Fine Print
Ask the Vet
Going Mob
Stacking the Odds
DTN Weekly Distillers Grains Update