Calculating Replacement Female Cost After the Drought

Author: Kristy

JANUARY 8, 2014

Texas Heifers
Before acquiring new females after a drought it is important to calculate what they will cost.

By: Aaron Berger, UNL Extension Educator



How much can I afford to pay for a bred female to restock after the drought?

This is not an easy question to answer as it depends on several different factors. In evaluating how much an operation can afford to pay for a bred female several things need to be considered.

• Anticipated annual cow costs (anticipated inflation needs to be included)

• Expected number of calves the bred heifer or cow will produce before being culled

• Projected weaning weight and market price for steer and heifer calves

• Estimated cow salvage value

• Probable death loss

• Debt service requirements if money is borrowed for purchasing

• Discount rate – expected rate of return if money invested in the bred females was put in some other investment with similar risk


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