I think we started with whether the $/head difference pays to back ground calves.
Then we switched to $/acre.
Then we assumed the back grounded calves stayed on pasture.
Then we assume the cows were different sizes.
I am so confused :help:
WHAT IS SO CONFUSING? THE ORIGINAL POSTERS WERE COMMENTING ON WHATS THE POINT OF SELLING BIGGER CALVES FOR WHAT SEEMS LIKE VERY LITTLE RETURN (I.E.$50). THE CONVERSATION TURNED TO OTHER WAYS TO TRY AND CAPTURE MORE VALUE FROM THIER EFFORTS. I AM SURE SOME OF THE ORIGINAL POSTERS WOULD LOVE TO HEAR YOUR VEIW POINTS SO PLEASE POST HOW YOU ARE DOING IT
Hay is simple, but you are removing minerals and production is not sustainable.
Highest grazing return and highest risk is usually with lighter younger animals (that allow you to run more head on the same acreage). But, cattle can be complicated and you need some marketing skills to really make much $$$.
With marginal row crop ground - - going (back) to a long grain/forage rotation seems like the best way to build fertility and still make a profit. Most producers have specialized in one or two crops and that is not working well right now.