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Custom feeding

Post by Rniemann » Mon Jan 28, 2019 5:25 pm

Curious what you should expect when you send calves to the feed yard. Cost per head per day?



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Re: Custom feeding

Post by Chocolate Cow2 » Mon Jan 28, 2019 5:49 pm

Educated guess would be $1.30 per head per day, not counting any sickness requiring medication and trips through the chute. Around here, yardage is 40 cents per head per day.

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Re: Custom feeding

Post by Rniemann » Mon Jan 28, 2019 7:41 pm

Chocolate Cow2 wrote:
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Educated guess would be $1.30 per head per day, not counting any sickness requiring medication and trips through the chute. Around here, yardage is 40 cents per head per day.
What do you mean by yardage? Is that in addition to the base of $1.30?

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Re: Custom feeding

Post by Chocolate Cow2 » Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:09 pm

Yardage is 'rent' for each calf in the pen. It would be included in my guesstimate of the $1.30. Yardage pays electricity, water, employees, insurance, fuel, repairs and the stamp on the envelope that sends you a bill twice a month.
If I were you, I'd figure a little higher than the $1.30. I don't know where you're located and what feed is available or it's cost. I like to pencil costs on the high side so I'm prepared for whatever the actual cost is.

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Re: Custom feeding

Post by Caustic Burno » Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:21 pm

Chocolate Cow2 wrote:
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:09 pm
Yardage is 'rent' for each calf in the pen. It would be included in my guesstimate of the $1.30. Yardage pays electricity, water, employees, insurance, fuel, repairs and the stamp on the envelope that sends you a bill twice a month.
If I were you, I'd figure a little higher than the $1.30. I don't know where you're located and what feed is available or it's cost. I like to pencil costs on the high side so I'm prepared for whatever the actual cost is.
I figure it cost a 1.50 a day to keep a cow standing in the pasture.
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Re: Custom feeding

Post by Chocolate Cow2 » Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:25 pm

I wouldn't be surprised if it cost $1.60 to $1.75 to put a calf in a feed yard. I know the 40 cents yardage is spot on. The feed cost is what's hard to calculate. I don't know the cost of distillers grain or if it's available. Are they feeding silage? Cost of hay?
I quit buying wet distillers last year when it hit $75 a ton.

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Re: Custom feeding

Post by Chocolate Cow2 » Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:23 pm

I just saw an add on FB for someone who is calving out heifers. They're charging $1.00 a day yardage + feed+ $100 per live calf. I know this is a little off the subject from feeder calves but thought someone might find it interesting/useful.

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Re: Custom feeding

Post by mwj » Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:20 am

Look at the cost per lb. of gain for the true figure. The ''cheapest'' yard on a per day basis, could be feeding a lot of extra days for them to hit harvest weight and grade.
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Re: Custom feeding

Post by Rniemann » Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:04 am

Thanks guys, good info.

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Re: Custom feeding

Post by Lucky » Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:29 pm

Chocolate Cow2 wrote:
Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:23 pm
I just saw an add on FB for someone who is calving out heifers. They're charging $1.00 a day yardage + feed+ $100 per live calf. I know this is a little off the subject from feeder calves but thought someone might find it interesting/useful.
That’s very interesting never heard of anyone doing that for the public. Wouldn’t want that job though.

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Re: Custom feeding

Post by BC » Fri Feb 01, 2019 6:32 pm

Closeouts on feedlot cattle are showing the cost of gain being around $0.85 per pound of gain. If your calves were gaining 3 lbs/day, it would cost $2.55 to keep an animal

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