expensive hobby wrote:I'm sure that any one of us can show you the math, but you would never understand it.......certain of that. Maybe go and talk to a poultry farmer. You may be able to learn something from them. Better yet go pick some onions out of a patch and sell them. The math should be fairly straight forward for you. 1 onion for a $1.00 X 4 should be ? Place the correct answer here inbred. Show us all that you have what it takes to pass pre-K.
howbouts you take a shot at the math on that one, lets a see if you can pass 4th grade.
Tell me, Inbred -- what's your issue: We are finishing 3 steers this year. Bought them last year, well before winter. We fed them through the winter. Here, both Alfalfa and Orchard grass at about $200/ton -- that's what we feed through the winter. Pasture starts coming on in March; irrigation and related costs hit in April. We move irrigation equipment every-other day in the summer, and look our cattle in the eye every day. We pull the steers off pasture in Sept. to grain and alfalfa finish for 60 days. We don't have storage for bulk grain. This year, we're paying $57.02 for 2 80 lb. bags COB and 1 80 lb. rolled corn. We feed alfalfa and 12 lbs. grain per steer per day. So, we start with those steers at about 5 mos./400 lbs., and raise them for over a year. We know where every one of those steers came from -- it wasn't the sale yard. We have heaters in water tanks through the winter when we run down to -10; the cattle have shelter, and they get the extra feed winter requires, and the extra work to clear snow from around the feeders and in front of the shelters that slide off the roofs. We spray for weeds. We vaccinate, worm those steer calves. We do that for all our cattle. That's why our steers are $2.75/lb. on the rail this year. And for what we do, that's what our buyers want. And I'm not apologizing or making excuses to any one.
Costs will be higher next year. Have one local steer already in place. We have 3 new ones coming in, from a near neighbor in the area -- not from auction -- approx. 400 lbs. each at whatever Toppenish Market is.
You may know a lot about cattle, but I don't think you know everything about what it costs to raise them throughout the USA. You aren't here -- or there -- or in somebody else's shoes.