$Profit™: A Game Changer in the Seedstock Industry

In today's cattle business, it's easy for producers to get overwhelmed with a large volume of data, some of it meaninglessly created under artificial seedstock conditions.

Lee Leachman had a mission to change that....to simplify the selection process, and create a set of indexes that take into consideration the factors that make an impact on the rancher's bottom dollar, economic factors, and now even genomic predictions.

We feel our customers deserve to make better decisions and buy better bulls. And here's how $Profit™ can work for you!

How LCoC $Profit™ works

Our simulation model then factors in all of the effects on both income and expense to come up with a net profit figure for each bull.
Average # of Progeny a Commercial Bull will have over it's lifetime.
% of a Bull's Heifers kept as Replacements
Average $Profit™ index on Leachman bulls

$Profit™ assumes that the average commercial bull will have 100 progeny over its lifetime. The model assumes that you keep 30% of your heifers as replacements and that you retain ownership on the remainder of the calves through finishing and sell on a grid. We realize that many don't retain ownership, but doesn't it make the most sense to select from birth all the way to slaughter?

Feedlots have already proven their willingness to pay premiums for superior Leachman sired calves. Our simulation model then factors in all of the effects on both income and expense to come up with a net profit figure for each bull.

$Profit™ allows you to compare any two bulls and calculate the difference in profit that they are expected to generate in your herd.


Let's Compare.....

Let's compare a $10,000 $Profit™ bull to $6,000 $Profit™ bull (the average 2008 born Angus bull).

The predicted difference between the bulls is $4,000 or about $40 per calf. $Profit™ works for us and it will work for you too

What traits are included in $Profit™:

$Profit™ includes nearly every trait that impacts profitability. The effect of most traits on profit is fairly simple to understand.

Here is the list of what is included and its effect:

Revenue Traits

• Calving ease = more calves
• Weaning and yearling EPD = more weight
• Fertility (days to conception) = more weight and more calves
• Carcass weight = worth more up to 1050 lbs.
• Marbling = valued based on grid premiums
• Ribeye area = value as impacts yield grade
• % Retail Product = more yield is more meat

Cost Traits

• Cow mature size = in general bigger eats more
• Cow intake = more intake costs more
• Feedlot feed efficiency = cost of gain

Some traits are not so easily characterized for $Profit™. Milk, for example, is a good thing until you get too much. When over +25, milk EPD has a more negative effect on fertility than it has a positive effect on weaning weight. There are a few traits not yet included in $Profit™: longevity, structure, and disposition. These traits are important but difficult to express in dollars.

Leachman Financial Indexes Allow You to Have It All!


Profit from birth through weaning. Includes fertility, milk, growth, cow feed intake and mature size.


Profit from weaning to harvest. Includes feed conversion, carcass value, carcass weight


Puts it all together! $Ranch + $Feeder. One number that predicts your bottom line!

Are all small cows really efficient?

There seems to be a big disconnect in today’s beef industry. On sale day we want heavy, high quality steers to pay the bills. The rest of the time we want efficient cows to keep our costs as low as possible. Simply selecting for smaller cows with no regard for feed efficiency is not the answer. Likewise, selecting for shear growth with disregard for cost is just as poor of a strategy. The best way to make your cowherd truly efficient, and your calf crop earn more, is to use Leachman $Profit™. This is the only index in the industry that works on both sides of the ledger (production AND cost). Cows that work! Steers that pay!

How Can $Profit™ Benefit Your Herd?

As a Bull Buyer

You pay an average price for cattle but get MUCH more in return. Our bulls sell based on merits of real world, measured profitability.

As a Seedstock Producer

We also share our $Profit™ tool with other like-minded seedstock producers. Want to learn more? Visit our $Profit™ website to add this tool to your herd.

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A member of our Leachman team will be happy to contact you through phone or email if you'd like more information! Please fill out our catalog request page to get started. 

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2056 West CR 70
Fort Collins, CO 80524

Phone: 970-568-3983
Email: info@leachman.com

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