Table 3. Forage costs of annual legume hays to be fed to range cows during the 32-day dry gestation production period.
Pea
Forage
Hay
Pea
Forage
Hay
Forage
Lentil
Hay
Forage
Lentil
Hay
Oat-Pea
Hay
Growth StageEarlyLateEarlyLate
Herbage Weightlb/ac
Forage DM Weightlb/ac
2800
4650
1667
3867
5143
Costs/Acre
Land Rent$
22.07
22.07
22.07
22.07
22.07
Custom Work$
16.08
16.08
16.08
16.08
16.08
Seed Cost$
23.80
23.80
12.60
12.60
29.80
Baling Costs$
15.01
24.92
8.94
20.73
27.57
Production Costs $/ac
79.96
86.87
59.69
71.48
95.52
Forage DM Costs $/ton
55.00
37.40
71.60
37.00
37.20
Land Area/Monthac
0.08
0.07
0.12
0.08
0.07
Land Area/Period$/pp
0.09
0.07
0.13
0.09
0.07
Land Cost/Period $/pp
1.99
1.54
2.87
1.99
1.54
Forage Costs/Day$/d
0.22
0.19
0.25
0.19
0.22
Forage Costs/Period $/pp
7.04
6.08
8.00
6.08
7.04
Crude Protein%
18.9
14.4
21.8
14.7
12.5
Crude Protein Yieldlb/ac
526
685
361
567
611
Crude Protein Cost$/lb
0.15
0.13
0.17
0.13
0.16
Supplementation
Roughage/Daylb/d
16.1
13.7
17.2
13.9
12.1
Crude Protein/Daylb/d
Sup. Cost/Period$/pp
9.02
7.67
9.63
7.78
6.78
Total Feed Cost$/pp
16.06
13.75
17.63
13.86
13.82
Cost/Day$/d
0.50
0.43
0.55
0.43
0.43