A very old shot of our farm from the air, this was before we did our different add-on.
We live on a hundred year old farm , Zone 5 with river flooding most springs over our pasture land. Average annual precipitation averages around 940 millimetres (37 in) Average Frost dates May 6th and Oct 6th
Well, I couldn’t add fences or other details but at least for the major idea are on the main farm site..
High Bush Cranberries
Green’s salad mix
A couple of my regular readers comments both on the site and privately asking me about currently beef prices local and have made comments or asked if I feel that I am getting my money’s worth raising a beef calf.. this was a interesting thought, so I am going to share with you the details to the best of my knowledge and we see if I save any money or not.. Regardless of if I do, I like know how my calf is being raised, and that he had a good cow life, so I hunted a number of different websites until I found a farm that I felt not only seem to treat their cows well but in fact better then me! and I will use their current pricing as a guideline, I will have to adjust this once again when it time to send him to butcher, but it gives me a base line to start with * See below for full details- Jan Note- A six week old weaned half beef male calf on Kijji right now locally is going for around $550 We have enough milk replacer to last till the end of Feb and then Marty will be weaned at 4 months, a full two months longer then most bottle calves.
Total returns on Marty
- One Big Beef Hide being turned into a cow hide- (if bought finished, around a thousand)
- 452 pds of cut and wrapped meat – at the going rate of 5.25 per pd-2373
- Bull Returns- Marty is the father of Girls Calf for 2013- 200
- Manure returns-100
Total Returns: 3673
Total Output: 1346
Total savings on him: 2327.
To date Marty cost’s are $ 1346 Feb 2013.Marty is now a year old and weighin in at a live weight at 700 pds give or take a 12 pds either way due to the measuring tape.
- Marty-$150.00 **
- Milk replacer-$320.00 *
- Baking Soda- $2
- Shipping Fee -20
- Butcher fee’s -416
* I buy higher end milk replacer because I feel its the right thing to do, if you want to know more read my calf milk
rant talk on the subject
** I bought Marty privately and at the age of three weeks well started on milk and bucket training, locally its 50 per week, so I could have bought a calf at a week old for 50 if I wanted to save money sort of, given the cost of the good milk replacer, it would be very close to a wash in the end for me, but for someone that was going with the standard 40 dollar bag, it would be a reasonable cost savings of over a hundred dollars to do it soon.
I will update his costs per month for a running total over his grow out as well as his imputes on a month base, once I figure out a number for his manure value on the farm.
Rabbit raising costs Breakdown.
Two does and buck cost me 50 dollars as a start up breeding trio, both does were breed by a different buck each, and all were unrelated to the buck I bought, so I was able to to keep back the best two does from those litters, giving me six does and one buck, plus I paid 30 for a new breeding buck to avoid in-breeding, when replacing older does with younger does..
The cost of each outdoor rabbit hutch was a hundred, the cost of the hanging rabbit hutches was 20, we have two single hutches and two huge grow out outdoor hutches, and six indoor grow out rabbit pens, so that is a total of 520 in housing costs
The average cost of feed spread out of the year is 140, including all winter extra feeding and bedding and don’t include things I grow for the rabbits over the growing season.
My girls typically produce between 48 and 60 young ones per year, the average cost of one of their grown out offspring at the local farm boy will range between 20 to 22 dollars, so lets average and say 21 dollars. Just as we will average on the offspring produced (and yes I know that I could breed my girls more then four times a year and produce more litters, I just don’t) to 54 grow outs per year, for a total instore bought value of $ 1134.
Total outputs over a seven year period
- Housing -$520
- Bought breeding rabbit costs-$80
- Feed -$980
Total spent to date- $1580 plus tax on the above items I buy for another 205 for a total of $1785
Total average rabbits raised over 7 years for personal home use on the farm -378, with a average value of 21 per dressed rabbit, that’s a instore value of $7938
Savings for growing my own vs buying them in the local store = $6153
Now that is what I call savings! and of course we had extra’s from the butchering to go to the hounds, hides to play around with, and the output on the hutches and pens value is still ongoing.