Beef Cattle Decision Aids

Overview and Description

  1. Cow-Calf Bid Price and Budgets
    1. Cow Bid Price [PDF description] [Excel spreadsheet]
    2. Cow-Calf Costs and Necessary Calf Price for Target ROA [PDF description] [Excel spreadsheet]
  2. Replacement Heifer Budgets (replacement heifer, AI heifers, bred heifers and pairs, SPA reproduction)
    1. Replacement Heifer Budget [PDF description] [Excel spreadsheet]
    2. Artificial Insemination (AI) Replacement Heifer [PDF description] [Excel spreadsheet]
    3. Bred Replacement Heifers and Pairs Budget [PDF description] [Excel spreadsheet]
  3. Cow-Calf Budgeting
    1. Cow-Calf Budget [PDF description] [Excel spreadsheet]
    2. Herd Bull Investment and Cost Analysis [PDF description] [Excel spreadsheet]
  4. Retained Ownership (cull cows, stocker/feeder and custom finish)
    1. Sell or Keep to Upgrade Cull Cows [PDF description] [Excel spreadsheet]
    2. Stocker/Feeder Retained Ownership [PDF description] [Excel spreadsheet]
    3. Stocker Closeout [Excel spreadsheet]
    4. Fed Cattle Custom Finished [PDF description] [Excel spreadsheet]
    5. Fed Cattle Custom Finish Closeout [Excel Spreadsheet] [PDF description]
  5. Cattle Inventories
    1. Monthly Cattle Inventory, Head Day and AUM [PDF description][Excel spreadsheet]
    2. Registered and Commercial Cattle and Horse Inventory for Balance Sheet Report [PDF description] [Excel spreadsheet]
    3. Cattle and Horse Inventory for Balance Sheet Report [PDF description] [Excel spreadsheet]
  6. Feed Fed & Purchases
    1. Monthly Feed Fed Record – September to August [PDF description] [Excel spreadsheet]
    2. Hay Value Based on Chemical Analysis – Protein Cost [PDF description] [Excel spreadsheet]
    3. Monthly Purchased Feed Record [PDF description] [Excel spreadsheet]
    4. Annual Reconciled Feed Inventory [Excel spreadsheet]
  7. Hay and Grazing
    1. Hay Produce or Purchase and Hay Loss Calculator [Excel spreadsheet]
    2. Grazing and Hay Budget [Excel spreadsheet]
    3. Fencing Cost Estimator [PDF description] [Excel spreadsheet]
    4. Animal Unit Calculator [Excel spreadsheet]
  8. Ranch Land Use and Carrying Capacity
    1. Owned and Leased Grazing and Raised Feed Land Use Production, Cost and Value [PDF description] [Excel spreadsheet]
    2. Owned and Leased Grazing and Raised Feed Land Use and AU Carrying Capacity [PDF description] [Excel spreadsheet]
  9. Labor and Management
    1. Labor and Management Resources and Annual Compensation [PDF description] [Excel spreadsheet]
    2. Projected Salary and Benefits Calculator [PDF description] [Excel spreadsheet]
    3. Job Description Outline [PDF description]
  10. Vehicle and Freight Cost
    1. Vehicle or Pickup Cost Calculator [PDF description] [Excel spreadsheet]
    2. Pickup, Trailer and Freight Cost Calculator [PDF description] [Excel spreadsheet]
    3. Loan Repayment Calculator [PDF description] [Loan Payment Schedule Calculator]
  11. Preconditioning Profitability Decision Aid
    Evaluating Preconditioning Profitability – User Manual [PDF User manual for projection and closeout]
    1. Projection:
      1. Raised Calf Preconditioning Profit Projection Calculator [Excel spreadsheet]
      2. Purchased Calf Preconditioning Profit Projection Calculator [Excel spreadsheet]
      3. Vac 24 – 34 -45 Raised Calf Preconditioning Profit Projection Calculator [Excel spreadsheet]
      4. Preconditioning Health and Feed Cost Calculator [Excel spreadsheet]
    2.  Closeout:
      1. Closeout Summary Data Preconditioning Profit Evaluation [Excel spreadsheet]
      2. Closeout Detailed Feed and Health Data Preconditioning Profit Evaluation [Excel spreadsheet]
    3. Supporting Spreadsheets:
      1. Preconditioned Cattle Price-Weight Slide Calculator [Excel spreadsheet]
      2. Preconditioning facilities or Grow Yard Cost Calculator [PDF description] [Excel spreadsheet]
      3. Hired Labor or Management Cost Calculator [PDF description] [Excel spreadsheet]
      4. Pickup, Trailer and Freight Cost Calculator [PDF description] [Excel spreadsheet]
    1. L. Measuring Cow-Calf Ranch Costs, Profits and Sustainability
      1. Expense and Revenue Accounts In QuickBooks™ for Ranches [PDF description]
        Supporting Spreadsheets:

        1. Cattle and Horse Inventory for Balance Sheet Report [PDF description] [Excel Spreadsheet] Same as E. 3
        2. Beginning and Ending Feed Inventory [Excel Spreadsheet]
        3. Accrual Adjustments [Excel Spreadsheet]
        4. Summary of Cattle Production, Sales and Transfers [PDF description] [Excel Spreadsheet]
      2. You Manage What You Measure: Cow-Calf and Retained Ownership Ranches [PDF]
      3. The Business Manager’s Challenge – Evaluating Production Alternatives [PDF]
      4. Strategic Ranch Management – Planning [PDF]
      5. SECRETS TO SUCCESS – Investor’s Business Daily [PDF]
      6. Measuring Cow-Calf Ranch Economic and Financial Sustainability [PDF]
    2. M. Grassfed Beef Accounting, Profit Projection and Closeout (SECTION IN PROGRESS)
      Grassfed Beef Ranch QuickBooks™ Setup Accounts [PDF description]
      Grassfed Beef Profit Projection and Closeout [PDF User Manual]

      1. Grassfed Profit Projection Live Sales [Excel Spreadsheet]
      2. Grassfed Profit Projection Live, Carcass or Meat Sales [Excel Spreadsheet]
      3. Grassfed Beef Live or Carcass Closeout Performance [Excel Spreadsheet]
      4. Grassfed Beef Meat Sales Closeout Performance [Excel Spreadsheet]
    3. N. Standardized Performance Analysis (SPA) Reproduction, Production and Grazing Calculations

      1. SPA Reproduction Critical Dates, Data and Calculations User Manual [PDF description] SPA Reproduction Critical Dates, Data and Calculations [Excel Spreadsheet]
      2. SPA Reproduction, Grazing, Feed Use and SPA Calculations User Manual [PDF description] SPA Reproduction, Grazing, Feed Use and SPA Calculations [Excel Spreadsheet]

*Disclaimer: These spreadsheets are provided by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension for educational use and solely on an “AS IS” basis. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension assumes no liability for the use of these programs.

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