Shipped the old cows

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So we shipped the broken mouth cows on Sunday they got processed on Monday. I got the check yesterday. 32 cows averaged $804. The price range was from $1.49 at the top to $1.32 at the low end. That is hanging weight. I had 20 at $1.49, 11 at $1.48, and one at $1.40. There is still 5 cows that the cowboys missed. They will show up eventually. The calves have been weaned and look to average around 450-500. They will be kicked out on an irrigated hay field with good green grass until late September.
 
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I averaged paying $657 a head when I bought them. I haven't done all the numbers yet so all these number are my best guess at this point. Approximately 110 days on feed (hay) at $2 a day = $220. And 115 days on pasture at $0.75 a day = $87.50. So $307.50 in cost. $804 minus $657 = $147 income from cows to put against feed cost. There is $160.50 against the calves. They will have about another $40 worth of pasture against them before they get sold. Steers weighing 500 pounds are bringing over $1.70. Heifers are $1.50. So steers at $850 and heifers at $750 will have $200 against them. The rest is profit.
At $1.49 hanging weight a cow that hangs up 50% is $0.745 a pound live.
Hay prices are a lot higher this year so I will have to sharpen my pencil. I will either have to pay less for the cows or wait and buy them later into the winter. We will wait and see.
 

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When they process those cows, do they essentially just become burger?
I spent a week at JBS packers in Green Bay, pot load after pot load of dairy culls came through. I asked the fella running the "last" gate if they're mostly burger cows.
"OH no, steaks and everything!" Terribly thin they were. I think they processed 1800 beef a shift.
 

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Broken mouth cattle you will get a little more at the packer and taking the sale bill out. The guy buying at the stock yard is not making a killing from what I have seen either. We have a slaughter house not far off that buys direct and usually if I have something that pretty sure will take a beating at the market I take direct. You will come out good Dave.
 

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When they process those cows, do they essentially just become burger?
No. They don't make much "ground meat", they usually make burger from lips and trim.

I was told with the very high demand for burger they are grinding some "roasts" currently.
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The small chewy steaks you get in some chain restaurants often come from cull cows.
 
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We have been shipping pairs to the sales barn. Calves are bigger now, so we tried splits last week. Cows grossed $773 each, but there was $72 in fees and shipping... Will do it a bit different next time.

Many guys here are selling calves early and then buying back corn silage to "save" their cows. I think they would make more money selling some cows and feeding corn silage to retained calves.
 
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@Dave
You shipping into Kuna? What they charging ya to haul, I'm assuming it's by the mile? Just curious, have a local guy wanting me to haul some culls so wanting to figure a fair price but still make it worth my time/costs.
 
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You shipping into Kuna? What they charging ya to haul, I'm assuming it's by the mile? Just curious, have a local guy wanting me to haul some culls so wanting to figure a fair price but still make it worth my time/costs.
Yep, the cows went to Kuna. I am not sure what it cost to haul them. It was a partner deal with a neighbor. I do a lot of work for him for free. As a result I often don't get a bill for things. It is his way of paying me. I know there was 2 semi loads. One hauled by Agar out of Ontario and one hauled by GW Clark from Long Creek. GW is a family friend of the neighbor and a young guy starting out. They try to throw business his way.
 

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I do the same thing, have a couple guys that help me and exchange they borrow equipment or take a little hay or what ever to make it come out in the end. I also go help them when needed. Nice to have good neighbors & friends.
 

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