Mark Z. Johnson, Oklahoma State University Extension Beef Cattle Breeding Specialist — The impacts of drought are leading some to re-consider marketing alternatives for calves. Lower beef cow inventories now indicate higher value of calves, yearlings and fed cattle in the future. If you have traditionally marketed weaned calves or yearlings and are considering retained ownership through finishing in order to be selling at a later endpoint (in a more favorable market), consider the following: 1. Most fed cattle (approximately 75%) are sold with price determined on a carcass value basis. How does this work? Your pen of live finished…

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