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The following abstract describes a publication that is only available as a downloadable PDF.

See the Missouri Beef Enterprise Tool (XLSX) for related information.

Adauto Rocha Jr. and Wesley Tucker
Agricultural Business and Policy

Zachary Erwin
Field Specialist in Livestock


Using this planning budget, beef cow-calf farmers may estimate their costs and returns for 2024. Table 1 presents estimates for a cow-calf operation (50-cow herd size and purchased replacements) in Missouri with either a fall or spring calving season. Assumptions were based on price forecasts as of September 2023. 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 2024.

The publication revises and replaces MU Extension publications G679, Southern Missouri Beef Cow-Calf Planning Budget, and G680, Northern Missouri Beef Cow-Calf Planning Budget.


  • Beef cow-calf
  • Farm budget


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Publication No. G679