Developing a good cow-calf herd is a lot like a single person finding someone who will stick by you through thick and thin toward the ideals of getting married and staying married.
Trends may come and go, but there's always that special someone that keeps you going. In the same way, having good cows producing good calves is a never-changing ideal in the cattle industry.
However, there are those years we've seen lately where low moisture and just plain drought have caused some producers to liquidate their historic herds because their ranges lack the grass to support them.
Cattle management experts have recently encouraged producers to be more flexible in these times of climate uncertainty. That means perhaps reducing cow-calf herd size to more manageable levels and supplementing their operations by adding stocker cattle.
Stockers, it's thought, can be bought and sold at any time to stock or destock rangelands--depending on the range condition--without liquidating a main breeding herd.