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Re: Small Feedyard start up

Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:33 pm
by 5S Cattle
shaz wrote:
ChrisB wrote:Are you able to purchase most of your feed directly from a farmer? I don't know if things would pencil out buying all your feed from a coop or feedmill. Also, keep costs low and feed with 5 gallon buckets until you go over 50 head at least.

Keep them healthy and having cheap feed are things you have some control over that will determine if you are profitable.


That's the real trick to getting your cost of gain down to the point where you have a chance to be profitable. I would think you really need to buy commodities and mix your own. Don't think bag feed would ever work.

Wonder what you could mix a say,12% grower up for if you made your own?

Re: Small Feedyard start up

Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 1:21 pm
by shaz
5S Cattle wrote:
shaz wrote:
ChrisB wrote:Are you able to purchase most of your feed directly from a farmer? I don't know if things would pencil out buying all your feed from a coop or feedmill. Also, keep costs low and feed with 5 gallon buckets until you go over 50 head at least.

Keep them healthy and having cheap feed are things you have some control over that will determine if you are profitable.


That's the real trick to getting your cost of gain down to the point where you have a chance to be profitable. I would think you really need to buy commodities and mix your own. Don't think bag feed would ever work.

Wonder what you could mix a say,12% grower up for if you made your own?


depends on what you have to work with. DDGs are a great place to start because it will provide so much of what you need if you can get it reasonable.

Another question that has to be asked is "Are you going to graze or dry lot"?

Re: Small Feedyard start up

Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:11 pm
by ddd75
i just read they will be separating germ soon to make corn oil and DDG will lose 1/2+ of its protein and fat.

Re: Small Feedyard start up

Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:44 pm
by Chocolate Cow2
The last loads of wet I bought, early 2018, were already like that. Protein was 7-9%. At $78 a ton, it wasn't worth it.

Re: Small Feedyard start up

Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:38 am
by shaz
So we're back to corn and soybean meal?