Presenter Information

Rick Rasby, University of Nebraska

Start Date

23-2-2008 12:00 AM

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Feed costs make up over half the costs of producing a weaned calf. Financial information from Nebraska’s IRM program indicates that there is a tremendous variation in feed costs from one operation to another. Average feed cost per calf weaned was $175 with a range of $112 to $230 for a difference of $118 per cow. When operating and ownership costs are added to feed costs, breakeven price needed per pound of calf weaned was low as $.65/lb. to as high as $1.07/lb. In a six year summary of Iowa records, those producers in the top on-third for profitability, sold 121 more pounds of calf per cow, had a 3.7% higher calf crop weaned; yet accomplished this at an annual feed cost that was $40 less per cow. In a dated summary of the IRM herds in Colorado it showed that the average cost of maintaining a cow was $324, but that range was from $239 to $386, or a difference of $147 per cow. Thus, it’s fairly apparent that one of the keys is annual feed costs. Maybe the actually feed cost isn’t that important in this information, but the range in costs should be of concern to producers.

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Cowherd Feeding Options To Minimize Cost

Feed costs make up over half the costs of producing a weaned calf. Financial information from Nebraska’s IRM program indicates that there is a tremendous variation in feed costs from one operation to another. Average feed cost per calf weaned was $175 with a range of $112 to $230 for a difference of $118 per cow. When operating and ownership costs are added to feed costs, breakeven price needed per pound of calf weaned was low as $.65/lb. to as high as $1.07/lb. In a six year summary of Iowa records, those producers in the top on-third for profitability, sold 121 more pounds of calf per cow, had a 3.7% higher calf crop weaned; yet accomplished this at an annual feed cost that was $40 less per cow. In a dated summary of the IRM herds in Colorado it showed that the average cost of maintaining a cow was $324, but that range was from $239 to $386, or a difference of $147 per cow. Thus, it’s fairly apparent that one of the keys is annual feed costs. Maybe the actually feed cost isn’t that important in this information, but the range in costs should be of concern to producers.