feedlot, mixing equipment, economic analysis
Seventy-two Simmental cross and Charolais cross heifers (475 lb.) were utilized in a growing study to estimate the economic value of using a mixer wagon and feed scale to feed light cattle a high roughage diet. Cattle fed the mixed diet gained an additional 22.6 lb. on 61.2 lb. less dry matter over the 133-day trial than did cattle fed the unmixed diet. Annual ownership and repair costs were assumed to equal $2356. If yearling feeder cattle sold for $8O/cwt and if corn, hay and corn silage were worth $90, $80 and $25 per ton, respectively, it would take a minimum of 114 head on feed for 133 days each year to pay annual costs for the wagon. The economic analysis of the data from this trial suggests that even relatively small cattle feeding operations should strongly consider investing in a mixer wagon with a scale.
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Wagner, J.J.; Peterson, D.; Hanson, R.; and Miller, H.L., "Economic Analysis of Using Mixing Equipment for Growing Heifers" (1988). South Dakota Beef Report, 1988. 15.