Dairy (Confinement) Planning Budget

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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 dairy farmers. Table 1 presents estimates for the 2021 year on a 150-cow confinement dairy (replacements raised on farm) in Missouri. Assumptions were based on price forecasts as of October 2020. 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 confinement dairies in Missouri. Farmers are encouraged to customize this budget to fit their operation.


  • Confinement dairy
  • Farm budget


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