The cattle producer attempts to allocate and use scarce resources so as to maximize profits. Efficient use of labor is an important factor of production. It normally serves to lower production costs which frequently results in greater profits. The following report attempts to quantify the number of annual man hours necessary for different levels of efficiency in labor use with beef cow herds. Furthermore, this report figures the monthly percentages of total annual labor required at average efficiency for five different sizes of beef cow herds. Data for this report have been obtained from a survey of 160 farmers and ranchers in Central South Dakota.
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South Dakota State University
Allen, Herbert R. and Jibben, David, "Labor Requirements in Beef Cow Herds" (1976). Agricultural Experiment Station Agricultural Economics Pamphlets. 161.