To capture the most value from your market cows, Chuck Schwartau, regional livestock extension educator for the
Market cows in a timely fashion.
Consider putting cows with poor body condition on feed for a short period of time before marketing them. But, you also should calculate your cost for extended feeding.
Make sure that all antibiotics have been withdrawn for the proper amount of time.
Follow a quality-assurance program, and identify those cows that complete the program.
By following these procedures (along with preventing lesions and minimizing bruising), producers can capture more value from their animals, put a better product on consumers’ plates, and help keep the cull-cow market a viable option, he says.