How Do You Expect Me to Expand My Cow Herd?


By Shaun Haney
I am hearing major frustration from some of the younger cow calf producers regarding the difficulty of trying to expand their cow herd in this crazy market. Prices for pairs has shot higher at the same time when banks may be less than eager to lend to the cattle industry. Add on top of that possibly dad saying, "hey lets cash out, these prices are unbelieveable."

Unfortunately when prices are poor expansion takes real guts and when prices turn quickly it feels like you are constantly chasing the top of the market. When cow calf pairs were $1700 people said this is crazy, well now they are pulling there hair out. Now that some pairs have traded above $2300 one has to wonder what is a good decision anymore.