Date of this Version
2016 Nebraska Beef Cattle Reports
A budget analysis compared the economics of selling non- pregnant spring- calving cows immediately aft er pregnancy diagnosis or re- breeding non- pregnant cows to be sold as pregnant fall- calving cows in more favorable market prices. Simulation performed for the last 5 yr of market prices demonstrated the strategy is cost effective in different market scenarios, excluding the year 2012/2013. Due to drought, feed prices were the highest and cow prices the lowest of the 5 yr analyzed. Other than atypical scenarios like drought, positive economic results would be possible even at low pregnancy rates, but as the pregnancy rate increases net proceeds also increase.