Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4


J T. Stoate


Feedlots, Beef cattle, Cost analysis, Western Australia

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THE current surge of interest in feedlots stems from low coarse grain prices and comparatively low early summer baby beef prices. Cattle raisers sense the opportunity for higher prices by holding the cattle on the farm over summer and autumn, and grain producers see better returns from barley and oats fed to cattle than sold as grain.

This article examines the profitability of cattle feedlots and presents sample budgets for two typical situations—the farmer who produces his own cattle but buys grain, and the cereal grower who produces grain but buys in cattle for finishing in a feedlot.

A ready reckoner gives the probable margins for feedlotting cattle at various buying and selling prices.