Every year, cow-calf producers need to critically evaluate each animal in the herd for production. There are several factors that play into deciding which cows to cull.
Open cows (those that are not pregnant) at the end of breeding season are the top of the cull list. Other variables in developing a culling order include structural soundness, body condition score, age, performance, and disposition. Developing a culling order is important during times of drought, a year with marginal hay production, or when managing through a difficult season.