For spring calvers in much of cattle country, October is a key month for calf weaning and cow culling, the latter representing around 20% of total commercial cow/calf gross income. Maximize this income stream by attention to potential price variation in the value of cull cows based on distinct carcass quality grades. “Low” rated cull cows can bring as much as $15/CWT less than “high” rated animals, and up to $7/CWT less than average cows. Attention to weight and body composition will help fetch stronger prices from buyers focused on the proportion of live weight that constitutes sellable beef products on the rail. See more on how to be an informed cull cow marketer.