Beef Backgrounding Planning Budget

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Joe Koenen
County Engagement Specialist, Agricultural Business and Policy
Zachary Erwin
Field Specialist, Livestock
Joe Horner
State Specialist, Agricultural Business and Policy Extension


This budget presents information useful to beef farmers. Table 1 presents estimates for the 2021 year for backgrounded steer calves in Missouri. Assumptions were based on price forecasts as of October 2020. Detailed prices and practices are summarized in Tables 2, 3, 4 and 5. The production practices used to develop these cost estimates are common for beef farms in Missouri. Farmers are encouraged to customize this budget to fit their operation.


  • Beef backgrounding
  • Farm budget
  • Steer calves


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