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How much profit do you make rearing a calf to approx. one year old on a beef suckler farm

  • 22-01-2022 9:15pm
    Registered Users Posts: 7 Con2211

    Hi Everybody,

    I am doing an assessment in Maths on the profit and costs involved in rearing a calf to one year on our farm. I would appreciate some estimates of profit you would have on your farms. I know there are a lot of variables involved.

    Thanking you all in advance,



  • Registered Users Posts: 7,250 ✭✭✭ funkey_monkey

    Are you considering economies of scale as part of this?

  • Registered Users Posts: 7 Con2211

    Thank you for replying.

    I will include a section on this.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7 Con2211

    Thank you, I hadn't thought of that.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,250 ✭✭✭ funkey_monkey

    Hopefully some of the more knowledgeable ones reply here with figures.

    Some stuff on the Web if you do a search but not sure if there is much specifically related to Ireland.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7 Con2211

    Thanks very much for that.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,503 ✭✭✭ Hard Knocks

    Last year there was 3 FR bulls reared here, we’re not really set-up so efficiency wouldn’t be great.

    Calves @ €60 each

    Milk station, jackets, buckets with hangers @ €180

    2 bags Golden Maverick @ €43 each

    Krunch/nuts building up to max 1kg each morning & evening

    krunch to July @ €304

    Calf grower since July @ € 293

    Straw @ €60

    Silage @ €50

    dosing, blackleg, IBR & RSV PI3 took from sucklers

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,024 ✭✭✭ older by the day

    Il add my two pence here. I did the sums a few years ago and It took 380 to bring an Angus bucket fed calf from 6wks to 1year. That was for feed and a few doses and test. Don't include land rent or buildings, electricity so on. Now that don't include calf price of course and at selling price that time I think they left 100 EUR. But they are on an out side rough place and not fit for much else

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7 Con2211

    Thank you all very much for your help.

  • Registered Users Posts: 288 ✭✭ JohnChadwick

    Apparently the cow costs 600 to keep tor the year (that's what the accountants say and it's not far off I'd say).

    Sell the weanling at 1 year for 1000. That's 400 profit. That should leave a few grand in my case but it doesn't really as your always developing the farm infrastructure which sucks a lot of that up.