Source: AgriLife Today
Dr. Jason Banta, beef cattle specialist at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton, gave a broad overview of marketing options at the recent Blackland Income Growth Conference in Waco.
Recommended marketing options:
- Use marketing channels, such as traditional livestock auction markets and online sources to post a classified ad
- For feeder calves and stocker cattle, producers can use livestock auction markets or sell through special preconditioning sale venues
- Consider using video auction services as well as having someone come to your ranch and buy direct
- Banta advised against producing calves with spots or paint colors. However, replacement females with stripes, such as a Braford cross, will bring a premium.
- Spring typically brings some of the higher prices for weaned calves and cull cows, while fall will bring the lowest since many cattle operations are selling at this time
Recommendations include no more than one-quarter Bos Indicus, at least one-quarter British and no more than one-half Continental.