Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version


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News Article


Farm and Ranch Management, February 1, 2020.

DOI: 10.32873/unl.dc.frm00023.

This article was published in the February 2020 issue of Nebraska Cattlemen Magazine.

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Copyright 2020, the author. Used by permission.



Some value added management programs clearly pay more than others and some do not pay at all. However, just like with a breeding or forage management strategy where not every year the cow gets bred back or the grass has sufficient protein, a value added program strategies premiums vary year to year. Switching the way cattle are managed and raised, handled, and fed requires planning and an understanding of labor and management capabilities. Not every cattle producer could or even should switch management practices an animal health protocol – even if premiums do exist. Thus, careful planning and consideration in consultation with animal nutritionists and veterinarians before making a decision is advised.