By Rayford Pullen
Fall has arrived in North Texas, and here at Pullen Angus we have finished our spring calf weaning, pregnancy tested our spring calving cows, tagged and weighed our fall born calves and are making plans for the coming winter months.
One thing we also do this time of year is take a look at our cow age and cull the cows that have gotten quite a bit of age on them and making it through the winter may be somewhat iffy without special attention, which does not exist around here routinely.
At what age do we cull cows? As we were going over the list of cows we were considering culling, I noticed most of these cows were born in the fall of 2003 and the spring of 2004, which made them 13 and 14 years old. All these cows had a spring born calf recently pulled off and had bred back.
While we might be able to get another calf out of them, it comes with more risk than we are willing to take, and we know that when cows reach this age and time in their life, their calf weaning weights will drop pretty dramatically. Also, culled cow sales are a pretty significant part of our income, and the better the condition the cow is in the more dollars she will generate.
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