The top five most expensive line items are addressed using 2013 figures provided by Kansas State University Farm Management Services. The most expensive cost for livestock producers is winter feed mainly hay, followed by summer pasture costs as second. In third place is the cost of replacement breeding stock and cow depreciation. Fourth is interest paid on borrowed money used to purchase breeding stock and finally in fifth place is the cost of labor. Ranchers should utilize their time to make wise business decisions so that they are working smarter, not harder. The main role of MiG is to manipulate plants, livestock and soils to improve performance of the entire system. When this is achieved the amount of land required to carry each animal goes down along with the associated costs per animal.

Getting in Control of Cow Costs
Jim Gerrish
American GrazingLands Services LLC, Patterson ID USA
August 2014
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