Cull cows could bring top dollar this year

The markets have been dealing with a lower beef cattle herd for quite some time, and with a shortage of beef, analysts say even older cows are earning top dollar.

Patrick Linnell with CattleFax Studies says grilling season usually fetches the most for cull cows, averaging $1 per pound. This year, he estimates that will grow to $1.15 per pound, which equates to roughly $200 more per head.

Linnell advises delaying sales from November to February, which could tack on additional weight, and allow producers earn even more money per head. He says also taking a direct market approach could be ideal, because not all consumers want the top cuts.

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