Table 7. Pasture-forage costs of pasture to be grazed by and perennial grass hays to be fed to range cows during the 45-day early lactation production period.
Native
Rangeland
Pasture
Crested
Wheatgrass
Hay
Crested
Wheatgrass
Hay
Growth StageEarly SpringMatureBoot stage
Herbage Weightlb/ac
480
-
-
Forage DM Weightlb/ac
125
1600

1300

Costs/Acre
Land Rent$
8.76
14.22
14.22
Custom Work$
-
5.31
5.31
Seed Cost$
-
-
-
Baling Costs$
-
8.58
6.97
Production Costs$/ac
8.76
28.11
26.50
Forage DM Costs$/ton
140.16
34.80
40.80
Land Area/Monthac
6.48
0.51
0.43
Land Area/Periodac
9.72
0.76
0.65
Land Cost/Period $/pp
85.15
10.81
9.24
Forage Costs/Day$/d
1.89
0.75
0.38
Forage Costs/Period $/pp
85.05
33.75
17.10
Crude Protein%
9.2
6.4
14.5
Crude Protein Yieldlb/ac
11.50

102

189

Crude Protein Cost$/lb
0.76
0.28
0.14
Supplementation
Roughage/Daylb/d
8.17
Crude Protein/Daylb/d
0.25
1.00
Sup. Cost/Period$/pp
3.38
13.50
6.43
Total Feed Cost$/pp
88.43
47.25
23.53
Cost/Day$/d
1.97
1.05
0.52