Those larger bulls just don't sell very good. They would have sold better if they were steers.Its high price for all except the farmer who puts in all the time and hard work to get them ready for slauter. We took several loads to stockyard last month, two top bulls money wise was 1085 lbs @ $1036 and 486 lbs @ $965. We just held onto everything last year because price wasn't right and have decided now to sell them small. No point in keeping them to grow another 550 lbs to earn just $120 more.
Make any difference? I assume hide on
I always kill a few big does the last couple weeks of bow season and let them hang as long as I can. Last year I was processing deer in February. It worksThe best deer I ever had in my life was an older buck that hung 2 weeks, hide on, during the polar vortex years, never had venison that tender or non-gamey in my life. Blew away any young early bow season doe I’d have to dress immediately. Of course it was handled with care throughout field dressing which matters. Meat cutter I know says 21 days @38 degrees F is the sweet spot for beef, I’d figure venison is about the same.
Had to do some looking but found some pictures of half of one strap off that old buck. So tender a nice slice folded like a cheap suit.I always kill a few big does the last couple weeks of bow season and let them hang as long as I can. Last year I was processing deer in February. It works
Agreed on the steer part bit last newly born bull calf that got banded on the farm was more than 10 years back. Dad decided to band him when I wasn't home. Old momma cow got on-top of him and was trying to burry him with her head. He ended up with a cracked sternum and I couldn't begin to tell anyone where to find the banding tool and baby food jar of bands. Have 5 or 6 we are going to have cut and fatten them up. Haven’t decided which ones are going in our freezers yet but looking forward to it for sure.Those larger bulls just don't sell very good. They would have sold better if they were steers.