Hay fed cows, Time , profit effort ???

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Hay fed cows, Time , profit effort ???

Postby Lrj505 » Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:51 pm

I have 21 cows going cows , black angus, a few baldies, and a few herfords, 10 cows calves and 1 bull I have 6 acres of alfalfa that I grow and feed my cows. The field pretty much feeds the cows all year. I could sell the alfalfa and make a little more money, but I would have to deliver it or sit on it til it sells. Every time I put a calculator to it I make less than if I sold it. Nonetheless I am still making money. Anyone else have any advice or creativity ? Basically I have 2000 60 pound bales of hay a year. And 4 months of pasture.
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Postby Texasmark » Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:31 pm

Mindboggling!
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Postby MtnCows93 » Sat Jul 21, 2018 6:30 pm

so youve basically got 31 cows your drylotting and feeding them straight alfalfa hay year round and 6 acres makes 2000 square bales? im confused just trying to make sure ive got this right
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Postby sstterry » Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:28 pm

I wish my land was that fertile!
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Postby snoopdog » Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:34 am

10 Cows/calves and 1 bull, 12000lbs of hay for 240 days divided by 11 works out to 4.5 lbs of feed per day for your cows and bull. Sounds like you have it figured out .
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Postby JMJ Farms » Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:55 am

snoopdog wrote:10 Cows/calves and 1 bull, 12000lbs of hay for 240 days divided by 11 works out to 4.5 lbs of feed per day for your cows and bull. Sounds like you have it figured out .


60 pound bales x 2000 bales would actually be 120,000 pounds of hay, or 45 pounds per animal/per day.
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Postby snoopdog » Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:22 am

JMJ Farms wrote:
snoopdog wrote:10 Cows/calves and 1 bull, 12000lbs of hay for 240 days divided by 11 works out to 4.5 lbs of feed per day for your cows and bull. Sounds like you have it figured out .


60 pound bales x 2000 bales would actually be 120,000 pounds of hay, or 45 pounds per animal/per day.
You are correct, 10 tons per acre , not bad .
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Postby JMJ Farms » Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:32 am

snoopdog wrote:
JMJ Farms wrote:
snoopdog wrote:10 Cows/calves and 1 bull, 12000lbs of hay for 240 days divided by 11 works out to 4.5 lbs of feed per day for your cows and bull. Sounds like you have it figured out .


60 pound bales x 2000 bales would actually be 120,000 pounds of hay, or 45 pounds per animal/per day.
You are correct, 10 tons per acre , not bad .


:lol2: Id say not! Hate to see the fertilizer bill on that :lol2:
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Postby M.Magis » Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:34 am

My ground really needs to step it up. Its really slacking.
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Postby rain dance » Sun Jul 22, 2018 4:35 pm

10 ton to the acre is possible with alfalfa.
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Postby TexasBred » Sun Jul 22, 2018 6:08 pm

Lrj505 wrote:I have 21 cows going cows , black angus, a few baldies, and a few herfords, 10 cows calves and 1 bull I have 6 acres of alfalfa that I grow and feed my cows. The field pretty much feeds the cows all year. I could sell the alfalfa and make a little more money, but I would have to deliver it or sit on it til it sells. Every time I put a calculator to it I make less than if I sold it. Nonetheless I am still making money. Anyone else have any advice or creativity ? Basically I have 2000 60 pound bales of hay a year. And 4 months of pasture.

In another post you said you bought a load of alfalfa and sold it. Made your part free.
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Postby 5S Cattle » Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:13 pm

TexasBred wrote:
Lrj505 wrote:I have 21 cows going cows , black angus, a few baldies, and a few herfords, 10 cows calves and 1 bull I have 6 acres of alfalfa that I grow and feed my cows. The field pretty much feeds the cows all year. I could sell the alfalfa and make a little more money, but I would have to deliver it or sit on it til it sells. Every time I put a calculator to it I make less than if I sold it. Nonetheless I am still making money. Anyone else have any advice or creativity ? Basically I have 2000 60 pound bales of hay a year. And 4 months of pasture.

In another post you said you bought a load of alfalfa and sold it. Made your part free.


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Postby Jogeephus » Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:07 pm

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Re: Hay fed cows, Time , profit effort ???

Postby Lrj505 » Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:25 am

Technically sometimes I get my money back when I flip hay. If I didn’t have cows I would keep the profit (hay) , but chances are I wouldn’t flip hay without having cows.
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