Brandonm22":1vqjndse said:To be in this buiness a long time 90 cents a pound needs to be break even, at least for the cash inputs, for ~560 pound feeder calves. If you lose money at $1.04, I would argue that you will lose money ~6 or 7 out of ten years. IF you sell 100 calves a year, and break even is at $1.04 even at $1.30 you only make $14560 in the best of times, hardly enough return to investment and certainly not enough to cover your losses in a really down year.....something we have not seen in a long while though last fall got a little scary. Now HOW you get your feed, fertilizer, hay, and machinery costs (normally the big four) down low enough that you break even at $.90 a pound (and if you sell heavier calves your breakeven typically needs to be lower per pound as they typically bring less per pound), I don't know.
After that heifer year, most of us have cows with a calf on the teat AND one in the womb for ~3 months. In your unique accounting system which calf gets charged for those ~3 months?what?":32yj6r5o said:the cow is bred back in less than 12 months but you charge each calf for 15 months cow time.
True. And I seek them out. I would love to have a whole herd of cows that breed back between 30 and 60 days because about every 5th calendar year I would have two crops of calves in that same year.
dieselbeef":2wtoro3g said:seriusly look at that figure of less than 15k. thats not even poverty. if everything you do and have is thru the biz of cattle you might have off all yer living exp too(most) but at 15k ya cant even put gas in yer truck and feed yer family.