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It's expensive

Posted: Sat May 20, 2017 8:22 pm
by Bigfoot
Just today, I've bought: 35 post, 2 wire panels, 5gallon hydraulic fluid, 99 gallons of fuel, 20 bags of mineral, a roll of wire, broke a sway chain I haven't replaced, a hydraulic hose, had a tube put in a tire,

I ain't put em in the spread sheet yet, but it's been an expensive day. I see guys post on here, they can carry a cow for $120 a year. I can spend a $120 on a cow right quick. Starting to think it'd be cheaper to get my cow fix at a petting zoo.

Provided some on the job training to my kids today, that might be valuable someday, but other than that, it's been heck on the check book.

Re: It's expensive

Posted: Sat May 20, 2017 8:32 pm
by Son of Butch
Bigfoot wrote:Just today, I've bought: 35 post, 2 wire panels, 5 gallon hydraulic fluid, 99 gallons of fuel, 20 bags of mineral,
a roll of wire, broke a sway chain I haven't replaced, a hydraulic hose, had a tube put in a tire

... it's been an expensive day. I see guys post on here, they can carry a cow for $120 a year.
I can spend a $120 on a cow right quick. Starting to think it'd be cheaper to get my cow fix at a petting zoo.

:lol:

Re: It's expensive

Posted: Sat May 20, 2017 8:36 pm
by Bright Raven
Bigfoot wrote:Just today, I've bought: 35 post, 2 wire panels, 5gallon hydraulic fluid, 99 gallons of fuel, 20 bags of mineral, a roll of wire, broke a sway chain I haven't replaced, a hydraulic hose, had a tube put in a tire,

I ain't put em in the spread sheet yet, but it's been an expensive day. I see guys post on here, they can carry a cow for $120 a year. I can spend a $120 on a cow right quick. Starting to think it'd be cheaper to get my cow fix at a petting zoo.

Provided some on the job training to my kids today, that might be valuable someday, but other than that, it's been heck on the check book.


Just come visit me a couple times a year. I got cows you can pet. Lol

Seriously, I don't see how people squeeze a profit out of cattle. :o

Re: It's expensive

Posted: Sat May 20, 2017 8:36 pm
by Lazy M
My guess is that your purchases were around $1200-1400. Am I close?

Re: It's expensive

Posted: Sat May 20, 2017 8:59 pm
by Bigfoot
Lazy M wrote:My guess is that your purchases were around $1200-1400. Am I close?

Close $1090.

Re: It's expensive

Posted: Sat May 20, 2017 9:04 pm
by farmerjan
Yeah, I did quick math and come up with about 1200-1300. And oh boy, we just had a bearing go bad on the NEW discbine. It's covered by warranty, but will fix it ourselves or wait for several weeks for it to get done...so they said they would pay all parts, and shipping if we wanted to do it and it will still be covered but gee whiz....Got the part today so it will get done this week....
Pulled a dead calf out of a bought cow, then she went down and died 24 hours later.....Luckily one of the "cheap" breds, but now a loss... still not ready to pack it in yet....but won't see much "profit". One godd thing is steer prices on the 4+5 wts are up to the 1.40-1.75 range and heifers about 10 to 20 cents less so hope to do okay in about 2 weeks when we ship some. We'll see.

Re: It's expensive

Posted: Sat May 20, 2017 9:25 pm
by Lazy M
Bigfoot wrote:
Lazy M wrote:My guess is that your purchases were around $1200-1400. Am I close?

Close $1090.

Well don't feel too bad. By my estimation you got a bargain :D

Re: It's expensive

Posted: Sat May 20, 2017 9:33 pm
by pricefarm
Money comes in on one hand and out the other. Not much of it gets to stay.

Re: It's expensive

Posted: Sat May 20, 2017 9:39 pm
by TN Cattle Man
Bigfoot wrote:Just today, I've bought: 35 post, 2 wire panels, 5gallon hydraulic fluid, 99 gallons of fuel, 20 bags of mineral, a roll of wire, broke a sway chain I haven't replaced, a hydraulic hose, had a tube put in a tire,

I ain't put em in the spread sheet yet, but it's been an expensive day. I see guys post on here, they can carry a cow for $120 a year. I can spend a $120 on a cow right quick. Starting to think it'd be cheaper to get my cow fix at a petting zoo.

Provided some on the job training to my kids today, that might be valuable someday, but other than that, it's been heck on the check book.

I know what you're saying BF.... kind of a selfish reason, but that is one of the reasons that I started a Farm & Feed Supply store. I know the amount of feed and supplies that I use on my own operation, and in today's market the more I can offset some of the cost of production, the better! It also made sense that the location that I'm in, a Feed store was definitely needed.

Re: It's expensive

Posted: Sat May 20, 2017 9:48 pm
by tom4018
Bigfoot wrote:Just today, I've bought: 35 post, 2 wire panels, 5gallon hydraulic fluid, 99 gallons of fuel, 20 bags of mineral, a roll of wire, broke a sway chain I haven't replaced, a hydraulic hose, had a tube put in a tire,

I ain't put em in the spread sheet yet, but it's been an expensive day. I see guys post on here, they can carry a cow for $120 a year. I can spend a $120 on a cow right quick. Starting to think it'd be cheaper to get my cow fix at a petting zoo.

Provided some on the job training to my kids today, that might be valuable someday, but other than that, it's been heck on the check book.


Sure wish I could figure out how to keep a cow for $120 a year. I am a lot more than that.

Re: It's expensive

Posted: Sat May 20, 2017 10:38 pm
by Brute 23
Equipment is a killer. Trying to pay for equipment with 30 head is a lot harder than 100 head. If you graph costs vs revenue with cattle there are sweet spots. Also, I believe people focus too much on the sell and not enough on the buy.

Re: It's expensive

Posted: Sun May 21, 2017 7:48 am
by ddd75
i've been stocking up on supplies lately since they are cheap. wire rolls, etc since metal is cheap rightnow.

Re: It's expensive

Posted: Sun May 21, 2017 9:01 am
by 1982vett
Bigfoot wrote:Just today, I've bought: 35 post, 2 wire panels, 5gallon hydraulic fluid, 99 gallons of fuel, 20 bags of mineral, a roll of wire, broke a sway chain I haven't replaced, a hydraulic hose, had a tube put in a tire,

I ain't put em in the spread sheet yet, but it's been an expensive day. I see guys post on here, they can carry a cow for $120 a year. I can spend a $120 on a cow right quick. Starting to think it'd be cheaper to get my cow fix at a petting zoo.

Provided some on the job training to my kids today, that might be valuable someday, but other than that, it's been heck on the check book.

20 bags of mineral.....well I wouldn't have to buy more for a few years,,,,, :lol: :lol: :lol: the rest is on par for me also but $1800 does sound a bit extreme.
Some of the darndest crap can happen that just doesn't make sense. I just replace a $129 push pull cable on the tractor loader. For years it worked fine and all of a sudden it's all but stuck.

Re: It's expensive

Posted: Sun May 21, 2017 6:03 pm
by js1234
Brute 23 wrote: Also, I believe people focus too much on the sell and not enough on the buy.

It's all about the buy. I agree.

Re: It's expensive

Posted: Sun May 21, 2017 6:18 pm
by Stocker Steve
tom4018 wrote:Sure wish I could figure out how to keep a cow for $120 a year.


These are the same folks that start their tax return with the refund they want and then work backwards. :nod: