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Forage Cost ?

Postby Stocker Steve » Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:31 am

I see quite a few posts on land cost and hay cost, but not much on grazed forage cost. I know in some areas hay is cheaper than pasture. :?

Saw some upper Midwest numbers recently where the total cost, including OH, was $52/ton harvested by the cows. This was a low input operation, with frost seeding every two years as the only purchased input. They were charging 10 yr T bill interest rate * appraised value per acre for the land charge. Have you run any forage total cost numbers like this?
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Re: Forage Cost ?

Postby TexasBred » Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:34 am

Stocker Steve wrote:I see quite a few posts on land cost and hay cost, but not much on grazed forage cost. I know in some areas hay is cheaper than pasture. :?

Saw some upper Midwest numbers recently where the total cost, including OH, was $52/ton harvested by the cows. This was a low input operation, with frost seeding every two years as the only purchased input. They were charging 10 yr T bill interest rate * appraised value per acre for the land charge. Have you run any forage total cost numbers like this?

How do you even come close in measuring tonnage of grazing. SWAG.
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Re: Forage Cost ?

Postby snoopdog » Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:50 am

TexasBred wrote:
Stocker Steve wrote:I see quite a few posts on land cost and hay cost, but not much on grazed forage cost. I know in some areas hay is cheaper than pasture. :?

Saw some upper Midwest numbers recently where the total cost, including OH, was $52/ton harvested by the cows. This was a low input operation, with frost seeding every two years as the only purchased input. They were charging 10 yr T bill interest rate * appraised value per acre for the land charge. Have you run any forage total cost numbers like this?

How do you even come close in measuring tonnage of grazing. SWAG.
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Re: Forage Cost ?

Postby TexasBred » Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:54 am

Yeah boy. Right on the money and if you're numbers aren't exact your bottom line won't be.
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Re: Forage Cost ?

Postby snoopdog » Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:36 am

I don't know too many things in the cow business that are exact. Even the bottom line changes .
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