Going rate for calving out

Producer Question from 2010

Q:  What is the going rate to charge for calving out and yardage of first calf heifers? (January 6, 2010)

A:  This information is from an old survey conducted by Dr. Gosey in 1994, but is a good reference to get you started. Feed costs have gone up and labor costs, so you would want to make those adjustments.

What Makes a Custom/Share Work?

  • Trust
  • Simple, Accurate Agreement
  • Each party writes in own words.
  • Incentive For Good Work

Custom Calving - Example

  • Winters Cows on Stalks - 27ยข day
  • Nov 1 - May 1
  • Hay at $50 ton
  • $30.00 per Live Calf May 1.
  • 3 yrs.

Custom Calving - Example

  • Has Cows Only During Calving
  • 60 Days, 300 head
  • Owner Pays All Feed
  • Mgr. Gets $2000 per month + $5 per Live Calf.
  • 4 yrs.

Custom Calving - Example

  • Night Calves For Neighbor (within 5 miles)
  • 300 Heifers, 65 Days
  • $40 Night

Custom Calving - Example

  • Calved 400 Heifers - 6 to 7 weeks
  • Used Owners Facilities
  • $3,000 + $5 per Live Calf to Pasture
  • Calves Hauled to Past. each week
  • Owner paid Vet and Vacc.
  • Mgr. Weighted and Tagged Each Calf

Custom Calving Only

  • Estimate Labor at $8-10 Hour
  • Incentive of $5 per Live Calf.
  • 200 Head per person - Heifers; 400 Head per person - Cows
  • Cost = $12-15 per head for large groups 200-400 head Less than 1 hour per head.
  • Could be $40 for small groups less than 50

Dr. Rick Rasby Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science
Animal Science, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Lincoln, NE