cow-calf profitabiltiy, cow costs
The average profitability of beef cow herds evaluated by the South Dakota Farm Business Management group has ranged from $201 profit in 1987 to $104 profit per cow in 1993. Average total costs per cow in a pasture drylot have increased from $180 in 1986 to $310 in 1993. Average total cow costs of range run have increased from $1 66 in 1986 to $302 in 1993. High profit herds in both range run and pasture drylot had lower 8-year average total costs, $264/cow drylot high profit compared to $272 drylot average (-3%) and $252/ cow range high profit compared to $264 range average (-4.5%). Yet high profit herds produced greater total income/cow: $489/ cow Drylot High Profit to $401 Drylot Average (+22%); $451/ cow Range Run High Profit to $392 Range Run Average (+ 15%).
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Hoyt, Curtis and Oedekoven, Dan, "South Dakota Beef Herd Profitability 1986-1993" (1994). South Dakota Beef Report, 1994. 22.