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Coosh71

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I have a partnership that ends at the end of January 2019. I care for 34 cows and 2 additional bulls on a 50/50 calf share. We are set to wean that group on the 19th. My partner asked if I wanted him to take everything when we wean and 1/4 of my half of the calves vs me keeping his cows on hay and feed thru January. I did some figuring on what the cake cost would be as well as mineral and I came up with roughly $1200. They will be on a pretty heavy hay grazer field once we wean calves off if we keep them. I'm figuring he's asking for 4 additional calves. We will private sell ours along with our other calves and average $800+ on the calves. So what is yall thinking on this offer? Thanks for the help.
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If the math is good, that's $2k out of pocket for you. Have you figured any labor into keeping them until the end of January? You'd be selling the calves for $300/hd, instead of $800+, if all of your inputs are figured into that $1,200. 28 cents per day per head would be some pretty cheap feeding through the two worst months of the year around here, unless a guy had the infrastructure, equipment, and numbers to make it work.
 
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The numbers are based on an every other day feed ration and are accurate. Now if we get real bad weather meaning sub 30s I will feed 1/2 ration on off days. Our worst part of winter is from Jan 15-end of March. Worst case I'm looking at $1500-1700 in total costs. The field is a mile away so labor is minimal.
 

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One hour a day @ $20 an hour X 4 months is nearly $2,500. Add the $1,200 to $1,700 in feed costs.

"Minimal labor" will pick your pockets. Now, if you have the grinder mixer hooked up, and you're feeding another 200 cows at the same time...….
 
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We only feed every other day 5lbs/hd of 20-4 cake. Our entire feed route takes less than an hour. It's so minimal on time to feed that group that I wouldn't put $20 on it. I'm more trying to make sure that I wouldn't be shooting myself in the foot by giving away too many calves.
 

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