Getting drafting right: With current beef prices for winter finishing far from encouraging, farmers should question everything in relation to their business, including the future of finishing animals during winter.

At the moment, there is no incentive to finish animals during the most expensive part of the year. However, efficiency is still key to a profitable business and even more important when margins are tight. If animals are close to finishing at housing, they should be assessed regularly to determine the level of finish to kill them once they become fit. The cost of laying down fat is far in excess of that of laying down muscle so it’s key to draft animals as they become fit.