4-H Feeding Terms and FCE feed cost calculations

 
 
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 Average Daily gain: The amount of weight an animal gains per day.
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Expected Average Daily gain for Calves
Animal Size600 pound700 pound800 pound900 pound1000 pound
Expected Average Daily Gain in pounds
Low < 1.5< 1.75< 2.0< 2.25< 2.50
Medium1.5 – 2.251.75 – 2.52.0 – 2.752.25 - 32.5 – 3.25
High> 2.25 > 2.5> 2.75> 3.0> 3.25

Feed Conversion Efficiency - the pounds (kg) of feed required to produce one unit of product, such as one pound or kilogram of body weight gain.

A calculated 6.5:1 Feed conversion efficiency indicates that 6.5 pounds of ration is required to produce one pound of gain.

    Growing steers have a typical feed conversion efficiency of: 8:1 to 9:1.
    Finishing steers have a typical feed conversion efficiency of: 6:1 to 7:1.
Feed cost per pound of gain: There are three components to calculating feed cost per pound of gain
  1. Price or cost of feed used in the ration
  2. Amount of each feed provided on a daily basis
  3. Rate of gain for the animal in question
Example: The ration provided to an 800 pound steer gaining 2.75 pounds per day consists of:
FeedAmount fedCost per poundCost per day
Alfalfa grass hay 8 pounds$0.03 $0.24
Barley grain13 pounds$0.04$0.53
32% Supplement1 pound $0.15$0.15

Total ration cost per day = $0.92
Average daily gain = 2.75 pounds

Feed cost per pound of gain
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Total ration cost per day
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$0.92
Average daily gain2.75 pounds
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=
$0.334 per pound
 
 
 
 

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This information published to the web on December 17, 2004.
Last Reviewed/Revised on February 14, 2017.