Northern Missouri Beef Cow-Calf Planning Budget

Editor’s note
The following abstract describes a publication that is only available as a downloadable PDF.

See the Missouri Beef Enterprise Tool (downloadable Excel spreadsheet) for related information.

Zachary Erwin
Field Specialist, Livestock

Joe Horner
State Specialist, Agricultural Business


Using this planning budget, beef cow-calf farmers may estimate their costs and returns for 2023. Table 1 presents estimates for a cow-calf operation (50-cow herd size and purchased replacements) in Northern Missouri with either a fall or spring calving season. Assumptions were based on price forecasts as of September 2022. Detailed assumptions and feed requirements are summarized in Tables 2, 3 and 4. The production practices used to develop these cost estimates are common in Missouri beef farms. Use the “Your estimate” column to plan your operation’s costs and returns for 2023.


  • Beef cow-calf
  • Farm budget


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