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Cow Calf Module

You can’t manage what you don’t measure. That’s the premise behind this Farm Productivity Resource. In order to make productivity improvements on your cow-calf operation, it’s critical to take baseline measurements and track your progress.

According to advice from beef industry experts and valuable production resources, four Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) will have the most impact on productivity on your cow-calf operation. This module includes easy-to-use calculations so you know where you stand for each one.

Take a few minutes to review what is required for you to complete the calculations. You’ll need to gather the required information before you can start inputting numbers and calculating your baseline.

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Understand what needs to be tracked and how
  • Learn how to increase productivity through KPIs
  • Calculate your KPIs to compare with industry benchmarks
  • Set goals to improve your results
  • Become more familiar with business concepts such as labour efficiency and how to make the right investment decisions.

“Reproduction is the #1 key to a cow-calf operation.”
– Don Badour, Owner
DBM Land & Cattle

“We start calving between August 15-20 and try to wrap up by end of September. If we have 5 cows left to calve by mid-October, those calves will never catch up to the others when they are shipped. This is a difference of hundreds of dollars between the late calves and the others.
Your expenses are the same because you still have to feed the cows for the whole season.”
– Don Badour, Owner
DBM Land & Cattle

Additional Resources:

http://www.beefresearch.ca/economicmodel/pregnancy-detection.cfm

http://www.canfax.ca/samples/Preg%20checking%20April%202017.pdf

http://igrow.org/livestock/beef/measuring-cow-herd-performance/

Canfax: http://www.canfax.ca

Cattle Buyers Weekly: http://www.cattlebuyersweekly.com

Further reading:
https://www.canadiancattlemen.ca/2016/12/23/an-industry-in-crisisis-there-a-way-back-cow-calf-producers-hold-the-key/