Ranchers Retain Ownership to Capture Carcass PremiumsThu, 11 Sep 2014 11:04:15 CDT
Nebraska ranchers Bob and Wilma Post of Harrisburg recently decided to take a new road with commercial Angus herd. One that involves a little leap of faith.
"We have a cow-calf operation that we are in the process of evolving to be able to keep them clear through and finish them ourselves and market them as finished cattle," he said.
The move was sparked by a desire to capture more value from their herd and gather carcass data to make improvements
"Though they have paid us really good for our calves, obviously there is probably some more money to be made," she said. "We would like to get to make to make that money, plus we just we just want to see the cattle. We have had trouble being able to do that, you don't know where they go, sometimes we're able to drive through a lot, but more times than not we can't see them. We need to see the cattle and see the final results, the carcass data and stuff to know if we are doing things right, if not we want to change some things."
The Posts have confidence in decades of selection and while retained ownership is a new feat for these seasoned producers, they think the progress will payoff.
"We think that we spent many years with some good genetics with help good help from the breeders and we think our genetics are good and we think we are missing some of the premium that we should be able to capture and want the information back so we can improve even more," he said. "If we get the data back from the carcass that will help us improve our beef herd."
Hitting high quality targets like Certified Angus Beef brand is their goal. Time will tell what these changes will bring, but the couple are already sure they will be the only ones collecting premiums on their cattle.
This video news is provided by Certified Angus Beef LLC and the American Angus Association.
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