They’re getting old enough to almost take care of themselves. These calves east of Wilton are part of the spring crop of calves. They’re still pretty defenseless, but they’re smart enough to pay attention to a photographer lurking in a nearby ditch.
The USDA says that the value of North Dakota’s cattle herds is $705,903,000. That’s a lotta bucks in those calves! There are a lotta cattle out there and the good news is, according to the USDA, cattle prices are on track to be as high or higher than they were in 2008 and 2007 which were record years.
That means these little guys are worth a lot of money to their owner/producer. To make the good news better is the weather has been good enough to provide good feed, too. I’m happy that livestock producers are seeing a good turn around in their business. If you’re a cattle producer this year, how are things for you?