Will You Begin To Expand Your Herd This Year?

The national swath of drought has been reduced significantly over the past 12 months, forage production is improved, and feed costs are trending down. This week’s online poll question is: “Will you expand your herd over the next 12 months?”

Please tell us how you plan to expand and where you are from in the comment section after voting.

Discuss this poll 14

Anonymous
on Oct 3, 2013

We are not expanding here in SW Missouri. We will maintain what we have and cash in on the calf prices. Recovering from the 3 yrs. of drought.

Anonymous
on Oct 3, 2013

Not for now because I had to dip into my equity to stay in business the last few years an need to rebuild that first. Also avialble rent pasture are all now in crops thanks to ethanol and crop insurance policies.

Anonymous
on Oct 3, 2013

We are in SD and we are not going to expand. Cow/calf producers are unable to afford this years land prices, so farmers are buying good grazing land and breaking it up. We had to take 50 prs 120 miles for pasture. We will not do this again, as it cuts into our profit. We also rotatational graze and artifical breed, and it is hard to do this that far away. We will just maintain what we can run closer to home and try to do a better job of it.

Anonymous
on Oct 3, 2013

producers should consider buying bred heifers to speed up the process and capitalize on high calf prices

Anonymous
on Oct 3, 2013

I am in East Texas and will be expanding, but only slightly. I cut back so sharply two years ago during the severe drought that even with my planned expansion I will only be back to about 60% of my pre-drought numbers. I am being so very cautious considering my pasture recovery is not nearly back to what it should be.

Anonymous
on Oct 3, 2013

Here in South Dakota lot of pasture being broke up so it is hard to find pasture or rent to high to pencil out to make profit. Also I'm all by myself so the herd numbers I got is enough for me to do a good job.

Anonymous
on Oct 2, 2013

Here in Oklahoma some are still having to deal with the adverse effects of the drought. But, we have to expand and we will do it by keeping replacement heifers.

Anonymous
on Sep 29, 2013

we are still in severe drought in eastern new mexico. dont know if we will ever get to expand. five years of this has been devistating

Anonymous
on Sep 27, 2013

Will expand 15% by saving heifers out of my very best cows. South Central Alabama.

Anonymous
on Sep 27, 2013

Need to cull, but, depending on the market will predict whether I keep some helf calves. Just did that two years ago. Have to base it on calve prices, economy, weather etc. Montana

Anonymous
on Sep 27, 2013

Culling cows that need to be culled and keeping replacement heifers that I've raised that haven't been sold.

Anonymous
on Sep 27, 2013

I just started a small herd a couple of years ago and intend to add a few each year. That did not happen last year largely because of forage shortage, but the females I desired were not available either. This year I intend to breed double my plan to offset what did not happen last year. My goal is to increase for about 2-4 more years then stabilize and see what opportunities look like. I should be in a financial and management position to maintain that point for a couple of years and then consider what to do next.

Anonymous
on Sep 27, 2013

we keep our heifer calves, rotate and replace bulls, we are on open range. we are dan & ireline gray from pinon az, on the Navajo nation.

dan & ireline gray
box 1107
pinon, az. 86510

Anonymous
on Sep 27, 2013

buying open heifers breeding em to best angus bull I can afford and keeping all heifer calves.

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