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Factors Affecting the Beef Choice/Select Spread
beef choice-select spread

This publication covers calculation of the choice/select spread, as well as supply and demand factors that widen or narrow the choice/select spread. Additional discussion centers on how the choice/select spread reflects cattle quality and packer demand for certain USDA quality grades (PDF format only)

Economics of Baleage for Beef Cattle Operations

In recent years, there has been considerable interest from beef cattle producers in using baled silage or baleage as a way to reduce feeding expenses. This publication discusses the costs of incorporating baleage into an existing beef cattle operation. (PDF Format Only)

Learn@Lunch Webinars
Learn@Lunch webinars provide practical knowledge for beef cattle producers of all types to enhance financial viability and improve farm management decision making.

County Extension Agent Preferences for USDA Market Information
usda market info

This brochure details the relative value Extension agents place on various USDA livestock and poultry reports that contain pricing and production data. (PDF format only)

Bull Purchase Price Comparison
Bull Purchase Price Spreadsheet
This spreadsheet is designed to assist cow/calf producers in determining if purchasing a higher-priced bull is an economically sound investment. Users are asked to enter information including calf prices, weaning weights and weaning percentage to calculate the difference in net present value between the two bulls. A positive net present value suggests the higher-priced bull will be an economically sound investment based on the assumptions entered by the user.
Costs to Develop Replacements Heifers
Replacement Heifer
This spreadsheet is designed to assist cow/calf producers with determining the costs associated with developing replacement heifers. The cost associated with developing replacements heifers from one's own herd can then be compared to the costs associated with purchasing replacement females in the open market. A comparison of the expected returns from each strategy is included to help producers understand which alternative may work best for their individual operation.
Louisiana Cow/Calf Budget
LA Cow/Calf Budget
This spreadsheet-based, decision-making tool is based on the annual LSU AgCenter enterprise budgets for beef cattle. The spreadsheet allows producers to alter assumptions and print a projected budget based on their individual operations.
Value of Gain Spreadsheet Decision Tool
Value of Gain Screenshot
This spreadsheet decision tool is updated on a monthly basis with Louisiana cattle prices. It allows producers to see the historical additional revenues by adding weight to cattle over a several-month period. No assumptions about costs of production are made; simply, the historical additional revenues are shown. Historical prices by class of cattle and corresponding seasonal indices are included.
Assessment of Damage to Louisiana Agricultural, Forestry, and Fisheries Sectors By Hurricane Katrina
Assessment of Damage to Louisiana Agricultural, Forestry, and Fisheries Sectors By Hurricane Katrina
Based on the information known at the time of the storm, and given the historical value of these industries to the state, the AgCenter was able to provide preliminary estimates on losses of revenue due to production losses.
Cattle Producers Enjoying Record Beef Prices
(Distributed 11/06/03) Louisiana cattle producers are excited about the market news that prices recently hit record high prices for fat cattle, feeder cattle and calves.
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