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Drought raises questions about when, how to cull cattle herds

As current drought conditions in western Oklahoma decline past what they were in 2010 and 2011, cattle producers across the state are faced with making difficult herd management decisions.

Culling is a routine practice used to manage the stocking rate on the ranch and maintain a productive, healthy and problem-free herd. In fact, cull cows account for approximately 20% of the gross income for a commercial cow operation. While regular culling of lower producing cows is not uncommon, a lack of grazing land and resources caused…

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