Table 8. Forage costs of annual cereal hays to be fed to range cows during the 45-day early lactation 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
0.13
0.16
0.15
0.14
Land Area/Periodac
0.20
0.24
0.23
0.21
Land Costs/Period $/pp
4.41
5.30
5.08
4.63
Forage Costs/Day$/d
0.30
0.41
0.35
0.46
Forage Costs/Period $/pp
13.51
18.45
15.75
20.70
Crude Protein%
13.0
9.2
11.5
7.8
Crude Protein Yieldlb/ac
606

468

535

435

Crude Protein Cost$/lb
0.11
0.15
0.13
0.17
Supplementation
Roughage/Daylb/d
6.0
3.3
Crude Protein/Daylb/d
0.25
0.62
Sup. Cost/Period$/pp
4.73
3.38
2.60
8.37
Total Feed Cost$/pp
18.23
21.83
18.35
29.07
Cost/Day$/d
0.41
0.49
0.41
0.65