Caustic Burno wrote:Well I guess you have figured out how to take all the cost out of a cow.
This is quite an acomplishment you should write a book.
Until I can get free diesel, fertilize, vet supplie's no taxes,insurance or upkeep of equipment.
I quess I am one of the dumb asses that has been doing this for decades is stuck doing it all wrong.
You might want to contact TAMU as they regularly put on seminar's about cost and profitablity and they ain't got it right either.
What truely amazes me is absolutely nothing is free in life it has a cost, bore by someone.
Hat's off you have figured out what no one has been able to do raise a cow for free.
Thanks for the compliment! I do consider my shift from little or no profit has been quite an accomplishment and that is why I try to share with others so that they too can benefit without repeating my prior mistakes. I do not think that I have ever cast a negative remark regarding what you appear destined to do. That is your business. What I do promote is that it is possible to profit in the cattle business but with upward monetary changes in the input costs it is necessary to address the manner that cattle producers go forward if they want to cease to subsidize the input suppliers and the marketers of beef. Something, preferably money, needs to go to and to be retained by the producer!
Where have I stated that anything is free? I use litter to add nutrients to the paddocks. I pay for that but not as much as I would have to pay for commercial fertilizer. I feed stockpiled forage during Winter, not expensive baled feed. I also burn some diesel, but not nearly what I used to when traditionally attempting to produce feeder calves. I do not use herbicides, though I have a license to do so, on the pastures as I have no need to use them. I did contact TAMU. They replied and shared some information on dung beetles that was beneficial. Having the beetles is reducing my diesel costs!
Admittedly I have not figured out how to raise a free of expense animal so you can keep your hat on. On the other hand, I have figured out over time how to produce a low cost and consequently profitable animal in nearly any realistic business cycle. My intent here is just to share, not boast, and to help those striving to get started in the cattle business or those already there to become more profitable.