Are You Holding Back Replacements?

The recent Cattle On Feed report suggests that producers may still be sending plenty of potential replacement heifers to town, but it seems that buzz among ranchers and industry experts is that heifer retention has begun. This week’s online poll question is: “Are you holding back more replacement heifers to expand your herd?”

Discuss this poll 10

Anonymous
on Nov 20, 2013

Keeping some selling some. I have a few older cows that will hit the sale barn in January or February depending on how well my winter grazing holds out. - East Texas, we've been blessed with rain.

Anonymous
on Nov 20, 2013

We have enough demand for bred females we can't raise enough. Only feed our terminal cross females

Anonymous
on Nov 19, 2013

I am building my herd because I started ranching (NE Oklahoma) 5 years ago. Earlier this month, I purchased enough pregnant heifers to increase my herd size by 25%. I plan to retain all of this year's heifers which adds another 25%. Last week, I preg checked and plan to cull my open cows. I am still being cautious because I don't want to grow too fast and overextend past my local forage supplies.

Anonymous
on Nov 15, 2013

I'm holding back heifers, not to restock mine, but to sell to producters that are.

Anonymous
on Nov 15, 2013

Good, you're adding value. What state are in or location in the state?

Anonymous
on Nov 15, 2013

I've purchased 50 bred heifers for 1550 weighing 957 lbs calving March a couple of weeks ago prior to the price escalating. Selling late fall heifers @ 763 lbs/ 143.5 Meeting my objective, considering the time value of money.At the time the price was a topper at the auction barn. Yesterday 918 lbers same calving dates where going for 1750 to 1850. In some barns heifers are selling above 2000. To quote Steve Suther & Miranada Reiman in "Black Ink" Worst Case Scenario? There's nothing worse than to stand by and watch a wreck unfold into our world, regardless of the form it takes. Waiting for rain or better prices while you do nothing different in selection or management."

Anonymous
on Nov 15, 2013

Yes, but it will take 2 more years to get the number of cows back to pre drouth

Anonymous
on Nov 15, 2013

We remain in D4 drought rating, but believe the future is bright, We are retaining heifers, just not many, primarily to replace older and cull cows. But also to be in a position to grow when the grass comes back. We're at about 50% of pre-drought numbers.

Anonymous
on Nov 15, 2013

I'm only holding back heifers to replace cows that have been sold. Like the cattleman who previously responded, I will still not reach my usual number.

Anonymous
on Nov 15, 2013

I will partially rebuild my herd through heifer retention. However, I still do not plan to each my pre-drought stocking levels. Even with what I am keeping currently my herd will be at about 75% of pre-drought ( Texas) numbers.

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