Beef Cow-Calf Management

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Transcript Beef Cow-Calf Management

Cost of Gain vs Value of Gain Darrell Rankins, Jr.

2011 – New Rules  Input costs – up , up , up volatility is high Fuel  Everything is transported by truck  On farm usage as well

2011 – New Rules  Prices received – also up, up, up  Quite volatile as well  We cannot change this so we must determine the value of the gain and manage the cost of gain

Value of Weight Gain  Wean 580-pound calves   Background for 45 days Assumptions  ADG of 2.25 lb/day  8:1 feed conversion  Now have 680-pound calves

Value of Weight Gain    680-pound at $121.18/cwt  $824.02

580-pound at $130.94/cwt  $759.45

$824.02 - $759.45 = $64.57/100 pounds  Value of gain = $64.57/cwt  Based on AL prices 4-22-2011

Cost of Weight Gain   Fixed Costs Variable Costs      Vaccines Deworming Chute charge $10-$15/head – 45, 60 or 75 days no different Feed changes by day

Cost of Weight Gain     Max is $0.65/pound of gain 10:1 conversion   100 pounds of gain requires 1,000 pounds feed Feed must be <$130/ton 8:1 conversion   100 pounds of gain requires 800 pounds of feed Feed must be <$162.50/ton 6:1 conversion   100 pounds of gain requires 600 pounds of feed Feed must be <$216.67/ton

Cost of Weight Gain   Rankins AAES projects    6.2 to 9.7 on free-choice single feed + hay 9.6 to 11.8 on diets containing low-cost roughage 4-weight calves much more efficient than 8 weight calves Ionophores improve feed conversion  Rumensin, Bovatec

Final Thoughts    Performance of calves is extremely important in determining cost of gain ADG for 45 days is HIGHLY dependent on weighing conditions Longer periods to higher weights need to be considered

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