Adding Value to Cows for Family Farmers
Cattle producers can increase market competition and decrease transport expenses by cooperating with one another to sell cull cows for volume prices.
Objective: To develop and expand a cull cow group marketing program in Southeast Kansas.
The producer surveyed beef and producers, as well as agricultural industry leaders and organization directors, to measure potential participation. The idea is that each producer receives marketing feedback for each of his or her cows sold, including grade, yield, applicable condemnation, and comparision with other cows.
Results: The survey determined high interest among producers and organizations. The producer identified two participatory processors, but a holding and loading facility, as well as a semi-trailer, need to be purchased to continue this project.