From less than 150 days to an extreme of 540 days; that’s the difference in the time spent on the farm by the best and the worst of my dairy-bred steers to give the same margin between buying price and final factory return.

We have now sold pretty well all of our 2021 purchases, which were overwhelmingly spring born 2020 calves. The difference in profit is much more difficult to quantify, but is clearly huge.