Ojp6 wrote:If it costs you .10 cents a lb to vaccinate I can find you something quite a bit cheaper to use.
Its not just vaccinate... you have to cut and wean and blah blah blah. People like to act like there is no cost associated with that but you have to upgrade pens, you have man hours, equipment, risk, etc. Lets say you do actually make .10 X 500# calf... $50 total. Right off the top the auction barn gets their cut of the $50 before your costs... even before the govt. Then you subtract your expenses. Then, if there is any little bit left that you actually profit... uncle sam gets his cut. Thats what that scenario really looks like. Your $50 is actually more like $5 or $10 if you are lucky. Now multiply that by the number of calves you sell. $10 on 30 calves... you did all that for $300 at best... in a perfect scenario. Worse case scenario they don't give 2 flips what you do and dock you any way for some other make believe issue they dream up and you actually lose money.
Think about this stuff. They tell you to castrate your calves, then you have to give them a shot so they don't die, then you have to inject them with stuff to get them back to the weight of the bull calf you started with. Who tells you to do that stuff.... the guy buying the calf, the guy selling the drugs, the guy selling the equipment to castrate.... every one is making money but you.