Northern Missouri Beef Cow-Calf Planning Budget

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Joe Koenen
County Engagement Specialist, Agricultural Business
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 2022. 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 October 2021. 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 2022.


  • Beef cow-calf
  • Farm budget


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