The Grass-Fed Beef Market
Today the demand for grass-fed beef is higher than ever, with retail sales of labeled fresh grass-fed beef in the U.S. growing from $17 million in 2012 to $272 million in 2016 (Nielsen Retail Measurement Services, 2017). With the increase in demand, existing beef producers and agricultural newcomers alike have begun to ask how they can incorporate a grass-fed beef option into their agricultural systems.
Like with any livestock endeavor, the economics determining the operational costs of grass-fed production can be perplexing. To help answer any niche market or grass-fed beef economic questions you may have please explore the resources below.
Cost Production Literature, PowerPoints and Videos
Niche market beef production is an exciting economic opportunity, however there are many obstacles associated with niche market beef production. To learn more about the finances of niche market beef production and help determine if niche market is right for you click on the literature, PowerPoint, and video resources below below.
For videos on how to market your product and the basics of niche market beef production please click below.
For power points on how to market your product and the basics of niche market beef production please click on the extension and below.
Calculators can be a useful tool to determine your costs of productions and breakevens. All the calculators below are in Microsoft Excel™.
Cow-Calf Budget Generator
These worksheets contain budgets for cow/calf production for winter hay feeding or winter pasture. The user can vary the costs of inputs, number of head, and prices to compare alternative management strategies.
Cattle Grower Ration Balancer
This balancer calculator allows can help determine total feed costs using precise growth and feed requirements.
♦ Cattle Grower Ration Balancer (UA Extension)
Break-even Grass-fed Calculator (Weaning to Harvest)
The following calculator allows thee user to determine the breakeven price of producing grass-fed on a per hd and per pound basis. The user can vary the costs of inputs, number of head, and prices to compare alternative management strategies. In addition, the user has the choice of renting pasture on a AUM or lbs of gain basis. For more information on AUM click here
♦ Grass-fed Beef Calculator
UCANR Cost Studies
Cost and return studies for cow-calf , grass-fed beef, irrigated pasture, and hay are available below. To view the studies you may need to download Adobe Reader for free.