Beef Backgrounding Planning Budget

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Wesley Tucker
Field Specialist, Agricultural Business
Eldon Cole
Field Specialist, Livestock
Joe Horner
State Specialist, Agricultural Business


Using this planning budget, beef backgrounders may estimate their costs and returns for 2022. Table 1 presents estimates for steer calves purchased and backgrounded in Missouri. Assumptions were based on price forecasts as of October 2021. Detailed inputs, feed requirements and machinery investments are summarized in Tables 2, 3, 4 and 5. 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 backgrounding
  • Farm budget
  • Steer calves


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