- Apr 19, 2007
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- Gulf Coast of South Texas
If you are in this business you have always got to be on the lookout for the best value. Any one who operates with blinders one way on the other will miss out. I had a group of heifers pushing 10 years backs. I got a call from a friend that wanted to sell some cows/ heifers to generate some cash he had to put up for a big lease. I went and looked and found some stuff I liked and sold some of the replacement heifers to cover the purchase. I knew him, his operation, and his cattle. The stars lined up and it worked out. Those cows/ heifers produce a good number of replacements for me now.You can say that... but you can't prove it.
But I agree with your larger point that there are plenty of good animals that go through the sale barn and can be had cheaper than raising replacement heifers... and that from me, a guy that raised and sold replacement heifers for a profit. It's crazy how people will pay big dollars for bred heifers and won't buy cows for a third the price and will sell for the same price after raising a couple or more calves.
Buying bred heifers doesn't make sense to me either. If I cant control the vast majority of the production line then I agree, I might as well buy a cow ready to go.