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Making money feeding out calves

Postby BK9954 » Sun Jan 22, 2017 10:36 am

Is it profitable to feed out 300 weight calves on $30 a bale haygrazer 5X4 12% protien or cotton seed mix $210 a ton 22% protien with feeders selling at $1.75. I would be buying and feeding out. Wanted to make some money while waiting on my cows to calve out later this year.
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Re: Making money feeding out calves

Postby RanchMan90 » Sun Jan 22, 2017 12:44 pm

BK9954 wrote:Is it profitable to feed out 300 weight calves on $30 a bale haygrazer 5X4 12% protien or cotton seed mix $210 a ton 22% protien with feeders selling at $1.75. I would be buying and feeding out. Wanted to make some money while waiting on my cows to calve out later this year.

I'm not seeing $1.75 feeder cattle in the near future personally. If you keep your cost of gain at or below 70¢ per lb you should be able to make of profit of $1 per day per head selling 7-8 wts in August. If you feed them less than 16% protein your throwing your money away :2cents:
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Postby dieselbeef » Sun Jan 22, 2017 12:47 pm

175..not round here
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Re: Making money feeding out calves

Postby Son of Butch » Sun Jan 22, 2017 4:03 pm

3 wts 1.60 - 1.70 here ... so yea with trucking and 1 round of shots it'll cost you about 1.75 to put them on your farm
600# 1.35
750 - 800# 1.20
350 x 1.75 = $612
760 x 1.20 = $912
$300 margin to put 410 lbs on them... $300 div by 410 = 73 cents per lb break even (with no trucking or selling fees)

600 x 1.35 = 810 $198 margin on 250 lbs = 79 cents lb margin

So what are we talking.... 40 - $60 hd net profit?
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Postby RanchMan90 » Sun Jan 22, 2017 4:52 pm

Son of Butch wrote:3 wts 1.60 - 1.70 here ... so yea with trucking and 1 round of shots it'll cost you about 1.75 to put them on your farm
600# 1.35
750 - 800# 1.20
350 x 1.75 = $612
760 x 1.20 = $912
$300 margin to put 410 lbs on them... $300 div by 410 = 73 cents per lb break even (with no trucking or selling fees)

600 x 1.35 = 810 $198 margin on 250 lbs = 79 cents lb margin

So what are we talking.... 40 - $60 hd net profit?

With a 70¢ cost of gain the first equation should make $13 and the second equation should make $22. Working an extra hour of overtime in 6 months should make those margins lol
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Re: Making money feeding out calves

Postby callmefence » Sun Jan 22, 2017 5:07 pm

:2cents: Stockers are a high volume deal.
I would lean more towards buying old skinny cows feeding the good hay and cottonseed your weight and price per pound will increase.
Sell before July. :2cents:
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Re: Making money feeding out calves

Postby jedstivers » Sun Jan 22, 2017 5:22 pm

You need to find cheaper feed.
I'm at .38 per pound of gain.
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Re: Making money feeding out calves

Postby BK9954 » Sun Jan 22, 2017 5:23 pm

Thats no good. Might be better to get 800# heifers, let my jersey heifer bull go to work, take them back and sell them as bred. Skinny cows only going for $.50 right now.
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Re: Making money feeding out calves

Postby BK9954 » Sun Jan 22, 2017 5:27 pm

a ton of cotton seed mix 22% protien at $210 is $.11 a pound.
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Re: Making money feeding out calves

Postby jedstivers » Sun Jan 22, 2017 5:32 pm

Keep looking for other choices. I bill my corn out at 142 a ton and I was paying 163/ton for ddg but have since started buying damaged ddg or gluten for anywhere from 104-140 ton.
When your feeding real good feed you don't have to have great hay. You just need hay.
You will need real good hay to start them on though.
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Re: Making money feeding out calves

Postby RanchMan90 » Sun Jan 22, 2017 5:43 pm

BK9954 wrote:a ton of cotton seed mix 22% protien at $210 is $.11 a pound.

That's right on the money of my feed costs. Feeding 2% of their body weight, plus free choice hay and minerals, meds and labor adds up to 70¢ lb of gain. Heifers are a good buy. One of my favorites is a 500 bull calf at $1.20 per lb and selling in 6 months weighing 800 lbs @ $1.20. With 70¢ cog would make $150. That's the best return on investment I've came up with especially hedging them. I'd like to hear some better ideas too though :cowboy:
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Re: Making money feeding out calves

Postby RanchMan90 » Sun Jan 22, 2017 5:45 pm

jedstivers wrote:Keep looking for other choices. I bill my corn out at 142 a ton and I was paying 163/ton for ddg but have since started buying damaged ddg or gluten for anywhere from 104-140 ton.
When your feeding real good feed you don't have to have great hay. You just need hay.
You will need real good hay to start them on though.

I better talk numbers with you soon Jed before I get in much deeper.
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Re: Making money feeding out calves

Postby Ojp6 » Sun Jan 22, 2017 6:59 pm

RanchMan90 wrote:
BK9954 wrote:a ton of cotton seed mix 22% protien at $210 is $.11 a pound.

That's right on the money of my feed costs. Feeding 2% of their body weight, plus free choice hay and minerals, meds and labor adds up to 70¢ lb of gain. Heifers are a good buy. One of my favorites is a 500 bull calf at $1.20 per lb and selling in 6 months weighing 800 lbs @ $1.20. With 70¢ cog would make $150. That's the best return on investment I've came up with especially hedging them. I'd like to hear some better ideas too though :cowboy:


It's hard to find a 1.20 bull calf right now that's very good. I've seen several that were bringing just shy of 1.40 this last week.
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Re: Making money feeding out calves

Postby jedstivers » Sun Jan 22, 2017 7:01 pm

RanchMan90 wrote:
jedstivers wrote:Keep looking for other choices. I bill my corn out at 142 a ton and I was paying 163/ton for ddg but have since started buying damaged ddg or gluten for anywhere from 104-140 ton.
When your feeding real good feed you don't have to have great hay. You just need hay.
You will need real good hay to start them on though.

I better talk numbers with you soon Jed before I get in much deeper.

Anytime.
I might be in a better area for feed than you though.
However my ddg/gluten comes from 250 miles away.
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Re: Making money feeding out calves

Postby No Rest Farm » Sun Jan 22, 2017 9:02 pm

The main time I ever made money running small numbers of feeders is when you caught the market right and saw feeders go up while I had a group. Around here I wouldn't buy now, prices will be peaking over the next 6 weeks.
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