Dairy Heifer Planning Budget

Editor’s note
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See the Missouri Dairy Budgets (downloadable Excel workbook) for related information.

Joe Horner and Ryan Milhollin
Agricultural Business State Specialists


This budget presents information useful to farmers raising dairy heifers. Table 1 presents estimates for the 2021 year for dairy calves purchased at birth, bred and sold at 24 months in Missouri. Assumptions were based on price forecasts as of October 2020. Detailed inputs and feed requirements are summarized in Tables 2 and 3. The production practices used to develop these cost estimates are common in Missouri. Farmers are encouraged to customize this budget to fit their operation.


  • Dairy heifer
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