Nebraska Cow-calf Budgets: System Budgets for Cow Herds
The System Budgets for a Cow Herd is a budget template to analyze the costs and returns for a cow-calf producer. In addition to the breeding herd enterprise, it contains budget sheets to analyze calves that are retained past weaning.
The downloads below offer representative budgets for different regions of the state, with varying size herds and practices. These budget examples include the enterprises of wintering calves, grazing stockers, and feedlot placement. It also has a budget that analyzes feeding culled cows prior to their sale.
A blank cow-calf budget Excel template is provided or any of the Excel files can be downloaded for individual use. The figures contained in the budget examples are not necessarily current (dated) and therefore should be updated with current numbers, weights, prices, and expenses. They are to be used only as a guide for producers as they build their own enterprise budgets.
Each budget is available in two formats. The PDF version includes background information on how the budget was compiled, as well other considerations.
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