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Cornhusker Economics, September 15, 1999, agecon.unl.edu/cornhuskereconomics
Fall is an important time for Nebraska beef cattle producers. Decisions are often made about retaining or acquiring replacement females for either sustaining or growing the beef cow herd. Just how many bred heifers or heifer calves should be retained or acquired will depend on the replacement rate for the mature cows and whether or not the producer is planning to change total cow numbers. An important aspect of the retention (or buying) decision is the value of a bred female.