Utah State University Extension
Raising beef cattle can be very rewarding. First, if you like raising cattle, maintaining your tie to the land, and seeing the product of your labors, it can truly be satisfying to see young calves in the spring, watch them grow and progress. Second, here can also be a financial reward when the calves are weaned and sold. However, the satisfaction of these two aspects may all depend on your herd’s efficiency and profitability.
Russell, Jesse and ZoBell, D. R., "Herd Efficiency and Profitability" (2004). All Current Publications. Paper 1325.