bird dog wrote:Mr Lane,
Were you calves all steers and all the same type and color? Also did the OKC sale barn sell them as one lot?
tnwalkingred wrote:Thanks yall for the good advice. I hope to buy all my calves from one guy who lives about twenty minutes away and then sell them back to him once I have kept them for 120 days. I plan to only purchase steers. My friend down the road has been dealing with this guy for a few years and has had good luck with him. He tags, vaccintates, and worms each calf when you pick them up. I produce my own hay so my costs there is minimal. I also plan to keep each group of 20 on at least ten acres of good pasture. This should reduce my costs for part of the year when the grass is growing good. I too was hoping to acheive at least 2lbs per day of growth by feeding 6lbs of grain per head per day. At 240 dollars a ton for feed I should have about 88 dollars a piece in feed. I hope to attain at least a 200 dollar profit margain. I'm curious as to the 6.5:1 ratio you were talking about Lane? I have always heard 3 in and 1 out when feeding calves. If I was having to feed twice that much grain then costs would double and profit would be cut in half. Is the 6.5:1 ratio include hay and pasture or is that strictly grain????? I plan to buy 20 calves the first go round and if all goes well get 60 the next so that I have a full truckload. Thanks again for all your help and comments.
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