This article describes a calf retention decision tool designed for use by Extension educators and by cow-calf producers. Cow-calf producers in the U.S. Southern Plains have multiple options regarding post-weaning marketing strategies for beef calves, due in part to the availability of fall and winter grazing. This software tool aids cow-calf producers in estimating the profitability of marketing weaned calves at various decision points. The tool allows producers to choose from marketing and retention scenarios based on ranch resources and price forecasts. It is available to Extension educators and cow-calf producers in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.
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Raper, K. C., DeVuyst, E. A., & Doye, D. (2010). A Beef Calf Retention Decision Tool. The Journal of Extension, 48(4), Article 29. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.48.04.29