Dairy (Confinement) 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


Using this planning budget, dairy farmers may estimate their costs and returns for 2022. Table 1 presents estimates for a 150-cow confinement dairy (replacements raised on farm) in Missouri. Assumptions were based on price forecasts as of October 2021. Detailed inputs, feed requirements and investments are summarized in Tables 2, 3 and 4. The production practices used to develop these cost estimates are common for Missouri confinement dairies. Use the “Your estimate” column to plan your operation’s costs and returns for 2022.


  • Confinement dairy
  • Farm budget


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