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Backgrounding Cattle - Breakeven Calculations


Breakeven calculations are the game plan for profitably backgrounding calves.  The web-based CalfWeb breakeven calculator uses your information and estimations to calculate a budget and profitability.

Feed costs for the October – December 2010 will reflect high corn prices near $140 per ton.  Feed conversions of 10:1 or 8:1  (85% dry matter) and yardage of $.10 to $.30 per head daily make budgeting important for determining potential profit from backgrounding.   Input costs for vaccinations and medicine can range from $0 to $20 per head.  Price protection via CME Feeder Futures or Livestock Rick Protection links are provided.

Check out the video below for more about backgrounding budget for calves. Click here for more information on backgrounding cattle.

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