Table 2. Forage costs of annual cereal hays to be fed to range cows during the 32-day dry gestation production period.

Forage
Barley
Hay

Forage
Barley
Hay
Oat
Forage
Hay
Oat
Forage
Hay
Growth StageMilkHard DoughMilkHard Dough
Herbage Weightlb/ac
Forage DM Weightlb/ac
4733
5133
4667
5667
Costs/Acre
Land Rent$
22.07
22.07
22.07
22.07
Custom Work$
16.08
16.08
16.08
16.08
Seed Cost$
4.69
4.69
6.00
6.00
Baling Costs$
25.37
27.51
25.02
30.38
Production Costs$/ac
68.21
70.35
69.17
74.53
Forage DM Costs$/ton
28.80
27.40
29.60
26.40
Land Area/Monthac
0.07
0.09
0.08
0.10
Land Area/Periodac
0.07
0.10
0.09
0.11
Land Cost/Period$/pp
1.54
2.21
1.99
2.43
Forage Costs/Day$/d
0.16
0.22
0.19
0.25
Forage Costs/Period$/pp
5.12
7.04
6.08
8.00
Crude Protein%
13.0
9.2
11.5
7.8
Crude Protein Yieldlb/ac
606

468

535

435

Crude Protein Cost$/lb
0.11
0.15
0.13
0.17
Supplementation
Roughage/Daylb/d
12.5
7.8
11.0
4.9
Crude Protein/Daylb/d
Sup. Cost/Period$/pp
7.00
4.37
6.16
2.74
Total Feed Cost$/pp
12.12
11.41
12.24
10.74
Cost/Day$/d
0.38
0.36
0.38
0.34