2020 has been an unusual year for the cull cow market. That’s according to University of Missouri Extension agricultural business specialist Wesley Tucker. Typically October is not a strong time for cull cow prices, but the market is holding strong. Tucker says there are several factors working together making it an appealing time to sell culls. Demand for hamburger increased during COVID-19 as more people ate at home instead of restaurants or schools. The coronavirus pandemic also led to backlogs in beef processing plants across the country. This caused producers to hold cattle longer before getting them to market. Cattle gained extra weight while held in the feedlot. Higher prices give producers an opportunity to clear the farm of extra cattle to feed during the winter. For more guidelines on culling a cattle herd, view the Culling the Commercial Cow Herd fact sheet.
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