What are some of the best ways to keep cow-calf operations profitable?

Cattle prices have taken a fall recently while input costs continue to hold steady, which could put producers in a tough spot.

OSU Beef specialists have some ways to keep cow-calf operations profitable.

Paul Beck at Oklahoma State University says knowing the cost of production should be the number one goal. This helps with marketing, risk management, and achieving production goals. He says basing calving season around the environment is also very important as it allows for better health and nutrition management.

Beck says replacement heifers should be picked for fertility and longevity. He suggests doing reproductive tract assessments to help sort out the best animals.