Black Cattle with Historical Records Improve Profit PotentialWed, 28 May 2014 17:06:49 CDT
Good black cattle arenít good enough anymore, says Craig Vejraska.
ďIím an order buyer. I buy cattle for a lot of people and they want them black and they want them, itís getting more and more, so that we can certify that they are Angus. Itís the Angus. Itís not the black hide, itís the Angus in the cow that makes them in such demand.Ē
He sees more and more people with a hunger for information.
ďFor the people that I buy cattle for, they starting to use that beef value. The want to know those bulls out there that those commercial producers are using have that really good beef value in them because it directly equates to dollars when they become harvestable animals. So, itís an important deal.Ē
People want to know about past gain and grade. Vejraska also feeds cattle and says basing decisions on historical records improves profit potential.
ďWeíre not in it for the fun of it; itís a business for our family. By getting that data, itís taking a lot of the guess work out of it,Ē he says.
Inputs are used more efficiently when producers can be sure of the outcomes. Thatís why Vejraska recommends commercial DNA technology.
ďI can put Ďxí number of pounds of hay or corn silage or something into and animal that I donít know the data on or I can put it into one Iím relatively confident itís going to gain and improve in quality and improve in kind because the genetics tell me heís going to do that. Weíve already got that part of the equation ironed out. Itís no longer a guessing game. You know thatís basically whatís going to happen.Ē
Sale barn studies across the U.S. confirm his comments. The more buyers know about the cattle, the more theyíre willing to pay.
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