One hundred eighty five privately owned and operated cow-calf enterprises provided production data on their beef cow-calf operations. 0ne hundred and forty eight of those also provided financial information on a modified cost basis. The enterprises were located in the states of South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Wyoming, and North Dakota. The data were collected at the herd level according to Standardized Performance Analysis (SPA) guidelines during the years 1991-1999. By industry standards these operations were large, averaging just over 11,000 acres and 500 beginning year breeding females. They began calving approximately March 1st,, had an average 93% pregnancy rates, and an average 86.7% weaning rate. They weaned at approximately 199 days and the average weaning weight of their calves was 519 pounds. These operations had invested on average $2,087.00 per Beginning Fiscal Year Female. They spent $397.00 of Total Expenses and realized $33.00 of Net Income per Beginning Fiscal Year Female per year. Their average Return on Assets was 3.1%.
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Dunn, Barry; Hamilton, Edward; and Pruitt, Dick, "Characterization of the Beef Cow-Calf Enterprise of the Northern Great Plains" (2003). South Dakota Beef Report, 2003. 10.