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The Midwest Cattleman · March 10, 2022 · P7
                               What’s a Good Bull Worth?

                                                By Mark Z. Johnson, OSU Extension Beef Cattle Breeding Specialist

         The question that has been  tion.   Where exactly in that
      asked  forever,  or  at  least  as  range depends on your mar-
      long as we have been breed- keting plan and the market
      ing cattle with a notion of  conditions at that time.  Not
      trying to make the next gen- an exact number because
      eration better.  It is a classic  there are  “many layers to
      and timeless question.  It is  this onion”.    One important
      an important question.    At  point illustrated here is that
      this time of year, when many  the longer you will own the
      bulls are being marketed                        continued on page 17
      and  we are planning ahead
      for spring breeding season, it
      is the question that is asked
      a lot!    Perhaps it is all the
      above  because  it  is  so  chal-             Bulls with
      lenging to answer.
      The Answer
         I remember first hearing
      the answer nearly 40 years                       POWER
      ago as a student at OSU.  “A
      good bull is worth the value
      of five calves he sires”.  I’ve
      heard that answer again                   PEDIGREE
      many times over the years.  I
      believe it is a good answer
      and a good rule of thumb                             & STYLE
      to  follow,  the  problem  is  it
      doesn’t exactly narrow down
      the range.    If we do a little
      math, this answer may in fact
      lead to more questions.  Such                                   DOUBLE A LAND & CATTLE
      as ………
      When are we marketing                       Bull and Commercial Female Sale
      our Calves?  What is their
      Value?                                                                 April 2, 2022 • 1 p.m. CST
         According to the most re-                                       Three Cedars Event Center • Nevada, MO
      cent USDA Cattle Market
         500 lb. weaned steer calves                            SELLING APPROXIMATLEY 60 HEAD
      (Large, 1) are worth about
      $2.00/lb. for a value of $1,000                            Age-Advantaged Red Angus Bulls • Yearling Red Angus Bulls
      per head.    Therefore, if my                                Select Group of Composite Bulls (Red Angus x Charolais)
      future marketing plan is to                                        Elite Open Commercial Red Angus Females
      sell  weaned steers,  $1,000 x
      5 = $5,000 is the answer.                            There is true herd sire potential in these bulls! They have the pedigrees and
         875 lb. yearling steers                         the POWER to make great breeding pieces! They possess impressive phenotype
      (Large, 1) are worth about                            and structural integrity backed by proven genetics! Buy with confidence!
      $1.57/lb. for a value of $1,374
      per head.    Therefore, if my
      future marketing plan is to                  View and
      sell yearling steers, $1,374 x              Bid Online
      5 = $6,869 is the answer.
         920 lb.  beef carcasses are
      worth $2.26/lb. for a value
      of $2,079 each.  Therefore, if
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      $2,079 x 5 = $10,395 is the
         So, in the current market, a                                                        
      good bull is worth somewhere                                                           
      between $5,000 - $10,395 to
      a commercial cattle opera-
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