Contract Heifer Option

What does it really cost us to produce a pregnant replacement heifer? Few of us have really seriously done those figures. Sometimes the best option is to sell our weaner heifer and purchase the right type of replacement heifer; right breed, right bull, scanned in calf, no empties, no paddocks tied up, no hidden extras just an upfront contract cost. When you look at the table below, consider what you would pay for your heifers, because if you don’t sell her you have in essence bought her and that is what she owes you.

Remembering that any heifer entering a Heiferland program is being developed with her future in mind. The basic principles of the benefits of Heiferlands synchronisation process is the building block for everything we do and guides our approach to the many and varied options available. So your contract heifers receive the same benefits as the custom heifer and trade heifer.

Why not purchase high quality heifers joined to selected calving ease sires PTIC, every animal producing from day one.

 

“Managing home-raised, replacement-heifer numbers has much more impact on the unit cost of production than ranchers typically believe. The quickest way to increase UCOP is to hold back added replacement heifers. Conversely, the quickest way to lower UCOP is to reduce heifer calves held back as replacements.  Where the cost of raising replacement heifers is concerned, cash accounting will lead most ranchers down a primrose path. Thats because it underestimates the true economic costs of raising replacement heifers. In fact, I predict some ranchers will lose substantial money raising replacement heifers and not even be aware of it. The cost of replacement heifers should be based on ‘economic costs’(opportunity costs), not cash costs.

  • If you don’t hold back replacement heifers, you have the ‘opportunity’ to sell them at weaning

  • The feed used to raise replacement heifers could be sold, or fed to other animals.

  • If you don’t develop your own replacement heifers, your can run more cows.” (quote Harlan Hughes Professor”heifer EconomicsPart 2”)

Table 1. Replacement Heifer Development Costs

Phase One

Phase Two

Phase Three

*NB* Cost of Carry(COC) includes all vet, sprays, treatments, mustering, labour, cost of grass associated property running costs expressed per beast.

## figures based upon Western beef development centre fact sheet #2012-06.

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Contact Glen and Mandy Ballin

Phone: 07 4161 3217     Glen Mobile: 0437 729 239     Email: info@heiferland.com.au

Address:  Tudor Springs, 139 Tudor Road, Gayndah, Qld 4625

Heifers are our business. We specialise in providing high quality PTIC replacement heifers to suit your operation. Your needs are our priority. We are the Heifer specialists with custom breeds to suit your needs. Get in contact today to find out how we can help you!