## How do you calculate cattle gain cost?

A : Cost of gain is figured by dividing the total cost by the total pounds gained. If your total cost to feed your cattle from 600 lbs. to 1,200 lbs. (600 lbs. gain) was \$356.94 per head, your cost of gain would be 59.49 per pound (\$356.94 total cost divided by 600 lbs.

What is the average cost of gain for cattle?

Feeding cost of gain averaged \$78.10 per cwt. in 2018 ranging from a low of \$74.87 in May to a high of \$80.31 in December. Given current corn and alfalfa price projections, feeding cost of gain is expected to range from \$79 to \$82 during the first 6 months of 2019.

### How is feed cost calculated?

Determine the cost per pound of nutrient. Divide the per-ton price of feed by the pounds of actual nutrient contained in a ton. Example: (\$340/ton)/360 lb CP in a ton = \$ 0.94/ lb CP; Use this figure in your price comparisons for different feeds.

How much does a feedlot make per cow?

Sterling Marketing president John Nalivka projects cash profit margins for cow-calf producers in 2021 will average \$123 per cow. For feedyards, Nalivka projects an average profit of \$43 per head in 2021, and packer margins are projected to average \$251 per head.

#### How much weight do cattle gain per day?

1.5 to 2.5 pounds per day
Usually gains will range from 1.5 to 2.5 pounds per day.

How do feedlots make money?

Almost all feedlots will require you to retain 25 to 30 percent equity in the cattle. When the cattle are marketed, the feedlot will deduct charges for feed, financing, yardage and other items immediately. You then will be forwarded a check for the proceeds, provided the cattle made enough money to cover all the costs.

## How much does feed cost?

Calculate feed cost per cow and per cwt

Ingredient Amount fed daily (as fed amt) Ingredient Cost
Corn Silage 65 \$30/ton
Alfalfa Hay 6 \$150/ton
Corn 11 \$3/bu
Distillers Grain 6 \$175/ton

What is feed cost?

Feed cost usually is the largest cash expense and will have a major impact on total cost. Feed costs are typically 2/3 or more of the total cost of producing pigs. Feed cost is affected by feed conversion and diet cost.

### How much do feedlots make per head?

Estimated average cow-calf margins were \$162 in 2018, \$164 in 2017, \$176 in 2016, and \$438 per cow in 2015. For feedyards, Nalivka calculates an average profit of \$112 for 2020, or \$73 per head better than the estimated \$39 per head in 2019. Average profits per head were estimated at \$24 in 2018, and \$181 in 2017.

How much does it cost to feed cattle per day?

This winter grazing program cost approximately 50 cents per day per cow, whereas the average producer feeding harvested hay per day cow cost would range from \$1.25 to \$2.00 per day depending on the quality of hay fed.

#### How do you calculate average daily gain in animals?

Average Daily Gain (ADG) can be defined as the average amount of weight a market animal will gain each day during the feeding period. ADG can be calculated by taking the amout of weight an animal has gained since the last weight and dividing the weight by the number of days since that last weight.

How do you calculate value of gain on cattle?

(See the Cow-calf, Bull & Heifer Nutrition and Management page for related resources.) Value of Gain (VOG) is the value per head of the animal at the end of the feeding period (sales value) less the value of the animal at the beginning of the period (purchase value) divided by the weight gain.

## Why is the value of gain greater than cost of gain?

Because the value of gain needs to be greater than the cost of gain for the producer to make money. Below is an example of calculating VOG. The prices used for 550-pound and 750-pound steer calves were from USDA cattle market data summarized and reported for Nebraska and posted October 2, 2015.

How many head of cattle are in a 550-pound calf?

The prices used for 550-pound and 750-pound steer calves were from USDA cattle market data summarized and reported for Nebraska and posted October 2, 2015. The number of steer calves represented for 550-pound calves was 530 head and for 750-pound calves was 718 head.