Production Records for Commercial Cow-Calf Operations

Editor’s note
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Craig Payne
Extension Veterinarian, College of Veterinary Medicine
Jordan Thomas
Assistant Professor, Animal Sciences

If you are involved in cattle production, you recognize the importance of records for making management decisions. Some producers know what information they need to collect and how to use it to make decisions. Others are unsure where to start or may not know what to do with the information they have. The purpose of this publication is to introduce the use of cow-calf production records, with an emphasis on basic metrics to consider monitoring and how to interpret the results.