The question: Will it support my cows this winter?
Feed costs play a significant role in determining the profitability of a beef operation, no matter how it is structured.
There are a lot of variables unique to each stocker enterprise, which can change the aforementioned example. However, for the astute producer, it looks as if running stocker cattle in 2017 will be another profitable year.
Federal inspection at beef plants is mandatory and provided at no charge to the plant. You — the taxpayer — foot the bill. Meat inspection was born from a series of events.
If we can select for cattle that are resistant to disease or deselect cattle that are prone to disease, we can improve profitability and reduce use of antibiotics, a win for the farmer and the consumer.