It's fall, and for many ranches, that can mean time to reduce the cow herd by getting rid of any females that aren't earning their keep. But sometimes the decisions aren't black and white, so we asked two cattlemen to share their cow culling considerations.

When a brood cow is past her prime, she goes from being an asset to an operation to being a burden. Instead of making money, she costs money. Most producers strive to sell cows before they reach that point, maximizing their profits.

And while there is no guarantee when it comes to choosing which females to keep and which to cull, a thorough examination and good records can go a long way in the decision-making process.

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