Financial Benefits of Growing Fodder
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.
- Fertilizer application
- Pesticide application
- Herbicide application
- Sprinkler maintenance
- Tractor maintenance
- Implement maintenance
- Harvesting Equipment maintenance
- Trucking to storage
- Storage maintenance
- Trucking to the grow room
- Trucking to the animals
- Fodder Equipment maintenance
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.
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.
At the end of the year, If you sale the heifers/steers for $1000, that would provide $190,000 income for the year