Bred Heifer Pricing Question

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Re: Bred Heifer Pricing Question

Postby jdg » Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:40 am

You get what you pay for ain't always true in the cattle business, as some people are known to pay more for something than it is worth. Having said that, I believe that there are $1500 bred heifers that are overpriced, and $2500 open heifers that are underpriced, but there's a lot more risk involved in the latter than the former. One bull calf raised by that $2500 heifer might NET you $3500 two years down the road. I said "might".

Are you selling freezer beef direct, club calves, registered breeding stock? Are you retaining ownership in a feedlot? Marketing is the difference maker. Direct sales are less volatile than taking your calves to the local barn when you need money.

I usually put a price on the sale heifers I believe they are worth to me, and keep them if they don't sell. This leaves me the option to sell three-in-one's for a premium after calving. So far this has worked in my model, and keeps my genetics moving in the right direction.

To answer the question, I'd say the heifers are probably worth $1600-$1900, but that's sight unseen and not knowing who's looking.
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Re: Bred Heifer Pricing Question

Postby Stocker Steve » Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:02 am

If you factor in some OH and a little death loss and depreciation and a very small return to your labor & management - - then you come up with a much lower bred value for those who are not in the seed stock business.

Approximately U$S 1,037 would be the top, $850 would be better. I bought 5 last month for $910 and I may have overpaid.
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Re: Bred Heifer Pricing Question

Postby talltimber » Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:51 am

I don't know where your market is SS, and I couldn't find any reports from MN anyway. I looked at a result from Bloomfield, IA, under the IA weighted average feeder calf result page. It shows a medium and large 1 heifers weighted average of 724 @ 141.50 (calves). (Calves) identifier was in the margin so I assume they were unweaned, so they are not going to go much cheaper than that, in that weight class. That is a total per head cost of 1021.46 for unweaned, much less bred, feeder heifers. What did those five bred heifers weigh, and what did they look like. Sounds like you did good for what I have pictured in my head as something I'd want for bred heifers. I'm thinking they should have weighed at least over 800, depending on what stage they were in.
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Re: Bred Heifer Pricing Question

Postby Stocker Steve » Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:52 pm

I am a sucker for certain kinds of sort offs. Old stocker habit...
Two are fancy thin 2nd calvers that bred back for May. Work fine in my system. Two had a lot of white on the belly. We will see, jury is out on them. One sweetheart wf that had a limp when she went through. Straightened out after a week.
They averaged just over a 1000#, and have put on at least 50# since.
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Re: Bred Heifer Pricing Question

Postby Stocker Steve » Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:57 am

Stocker Steve wrote:I am a sucker for certain kinds of sort offs. Old stocker habit...
Two are fancy thin 2nd calvers that bred back for May. Works fine in my calve on grass system. Two had a lot of white on the belly. We will see, jury is out on them. One sweetheart wf that had a limp when she went through. Straightened out after a week.
They averaged just over a 1000#, and have put on at least 50# since.
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