Study identifies beef cattle costs

A new study showing the costs to raise beef cattle is now available from the University of California Cooperative Extension. The analyses are based upon a hypothetical 300-cow herd operation, where the rancher rents all range and pasture land, and uses practices common in the Sacramento Valley.

Farm advisors, ranchers, and other agricultural associates provided input and reviews for “Sample Costs for Beef Cattle Cow-Calf Production, Sacramento Valley, 2004.”

Assumptions used to identify current costs for the production and material inputs, cash and non-cash overhead are described. A ranging analysis table shows profits over a range of prices. Other tables show the monthly cash costs, and total costs and returns for the ranch.

The production cost study was prepared by Larry C. Forero, UCCE farm advisor, Shasta County; Glenn A. Nader, UCCE farm advisor, Sutter-Yuba counties; Karen M. Klonsky, UCCE specialist, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics; and Pete Livingston, UCCE staff research associate, and Richard L. De Moura, research associate, both based in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis.

The study is available online at, from the University of California, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616 or by phone (530) 752-3589.

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