Cornhusker Economics

Cornhusker Economics

2016 Cow-Calf Production Shows Less Profitability

In 2015 the University of Nebraska Agricultural Economics Department formulated four cow-calf budgets. The Sandhills cow/calf producer budget is for a herd of 500 cows and the data is from a panel of producers in Cherry County. The remaining three budgets are the 50-cow herd located in the panhandle of the state, and 300- and 750-head cow herd systems generally located in and around Custer County. These last three budgets were compiled from producer survey data collected for this purpose. Budgets are available online at the UNL Farm and Ranch Management website.

Cattle and feed prices have recently been updated for 2016. These updated budgets show that profits have declined in every budget group compared to the 2015 budgets.

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2016 Cornhusker Economics

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