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Cull Cow Options Farming Note

The sale of cull cows provides important extra income to a dairy enterprise and decisions on when and how to sell animals will influence the price achieved. The decision to dry off and fatten a cow to gain a better price is dependant on market price, breed and season, as well as available space and forage stocks. The decision to sell at a market or directly to an abattoir depends on what these individual establishments are looking for at the time.

This Farming Note covers:

  • Animal grading and classification
  • The costs of culls
  • Cull cow management
  • Market or direct?

Issued October 2013.

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Since 1991 Kingshay has been publishing Farming Notes on issues critical to the success of a modern dairy farm business. These briefings provide dairy farmers, large animal vets, farm consultants and other interested parties with the most important and timely information in a concise two-page format. The information contained in our Farming Notes is written and updated by our experts to ensure accuracy and save you time.

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