Chemical, Fertilizer and Seed Savings

Irrigation

Labor

Labor is not as straightforward to put into numbers so we will just make a list and let you make your own decision and place a value on the difference.  When we buy the grain for the fodder system we know the price for all of the expenses for growing the seed is included in the price of the seed.

Conventional Crops

  • Planting
  • Fertilizer application
  • Pesticide application
  • Herbicide application
  • Sprinkler maintenance
  • Tractor maintenance
  • Implement maintenance
  • Harvesting
  • Harvesting Equipment maintenance
  • Trucking to storage
  • Storage maintenance

Fodder

  • Trucking to the grow room
  • Trucking to the animals
  • Fodder Equipment maintenance

Example

To determine the financial benefits of growing fodder we first must have something to compare with.

Here is an example from a client.

This is a cow-calf type operation with a 95% birth rate.  He brings a bull in 4 months after giving birth to impregnate the mama cows.  The calves are fed out and sold at 1200-1400 lbs,

First, we start with a known ration at a known cost that the client is currently feeding.

This client feeds good quality Alfalfa hay that costs $200/ton.  The land that he had been leasing to graze the cattle on was sold to a land developer, so he has no grazing.

To the Mama cows he feeds 14 pounds as fed.  To the heifers/steers, he feeds 11 pounds as fed.

We will compare 2 rations, the mama’s and the heifers/steers.

For the mamas, we would recommend 30 pounds of fodder, and 8 pounds of low-quality roughage.  Here is that ration:

For the heifers/steers, we would recommend 20 pounds of fodder and 8 pounds of low-quality roughage.  Here is that ration:

With these selected rations we will compare the nutritional valve.  For ration the mama cows:

From the bottom line, we see that this ration is low on Ash, Calcium, and Potassium, so we would add a mineral package.  However, we are way ahead with TDN and Energy. We would expect the mama and her calf to have excellent growing conditions.

Now let’s look at the heifers/steers:

 

Again, from the bottom line we see almost identical results.
At this point, we have a good ration comparison.

You saw the cost of the HydroGreen fodder at $28/ton.  Here is where that price comes from.

Now we need to compare the cost of the rations.

As you can see there is a cost savings for the fodder.

The equipment to produce this fodder is not included in this pricing.  If we add that number into the calculations it would look like this.

And the Cash Flow and Payback would look like this.

At the end of the year, If you sale the heifers/steers for $1000, that would provide $190,000 income for the year