Traits of a profitable cow herd

WHEN DESCRIBING the characteristics of a profitable beef breeding cow herd, producers will often use subjective terms such as ‘good doers’, ‘reliably fertile’ and ‘calm temperament’.

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Production focus: A profitable beef cow must be able to have a live calf unassisted, wean it to an acceptable age and weight and re-join early. Photo: Pamela Lawson

In a recent article for Beef Central (www.beefcentral.com), agricultural advisor Alastair Rayner highlighted some more objective, measurable traits of profitable cows.