- Jun 8, 2019
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- East Tennessee
This is why we are exiting the cow/calf game. Going tremendously in the hole if you have any overhead. Even inheriting the land it is hard to make it work with the traditional cow/calf model. We have a mortgage. Freezer beef is the only way we will ever have bills paid by cattle. Last year we came very close to braking even. This year we will be in the good.A lesson for any thinking of starting a cow/calf operation.
A cow produce only 1 calf per year and all of the yearly income is generated
by that 1 calf.
The 8 calves produced a gross income of $3,753.70 divided by 8 = 469 each
I don't know about Alabama, but each cow costs me over $500 hd per year in feed and other expenses.
That's a loss of $31 per cow added to that loss is cost of labor, trucking, sale fees, vaccines and any other costs incurred. Hate to say it, but you'd be better off cutting your losses. Assuming all are bred back, I'd cull 4 of the 8 by selling 4 of them as bred cows as soon as reasonably possible.
If I can keep my Pops from buying equipment we don't need. Lol. Thinking about starting a used equipment lot too.