FEEDING, NUTRITION & HEALTH
TOOLS & CALCULATORS
BCS CHANGE CALCULATOR (Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation): Simple template that calculates required ADG for cattle to reach a desired BCS.
BODY CONDITION SCORE RECORD (NCBA)
FRAME SCORE CALCULATOR (Noble Foundation): This calculator helps producers determine the frame score of beef cattle. From frame score, mature weight as well as equivalent steer finished or slaughter weight can be estimated.
AHBD Beef & Lamb: beef ration calculator.
AHBD Beef & Lamb: blend calculator.
AHBD Beef & Lamb: feed budget planner.
AHBD Beef & Lamb: forage cost calculator.
ANNUAL RECONCILED FEED INVENTORY (Texas A&M)
BEEF BUDGETS (COW-CALF, BACKGROUND, STOCKER, FINISHING) (AgManager): The Kansas State University cost-return budgets were developed to serve as a barometer of profitability for various livestock industry enterprises.
FEED COST CALCULATOR (NSW DPI): Calculate and compare protein, energy and other components for different mixes of livestock feeds.
FEED LIBRARY (Noble Foundation): This feed library was created to assist livestock producers in finding and researching feed ingredient options for use in their operations.
FEED PLANNING (AGHUB): Accurately calculates your animal feed demand and supply, from daily rationing to your annual feed budget.
FEED INVENTORY RECONCILIATION CALENDAR (AgriLife): To accurately monitor feed use cost, it is necessary to keep accurate inventories. The worksheet described here facilitates maintenance of feed inventories.
GRAZING AND HAY BUDGET (Texas A&M)
HAYS DAYS AVAILABLE CALCULATOR (Noble Foundation)
MONTHLY PURCHASED FEED RECORD (Texas A&M): record feed purchases and summarize the purchases by type of feed and the cattle the feed is purchased for.
NET ENERGY CONVERSION (Noble Foundation): This calculator estimates the metabolizable energy, net energy for maintenance, and net energy for gain of a feed if you know the feed's TDN value.
SUPPLEMENTARY FEED (AgHUB): The Ag Hub Supplementary Feed module supports optimum stock condition all year round by providing accurate information about inventory and usage.
STOCKTAKE PLUS (FutureBeef): Stocktake Plus is a vehicle for promoting the Best Management Practices (BMPs) of monitoring grazing land condition, and undertaking short-term forage budgeting, for more proactive management of pasture and livestock. The overall aim is to make these practices easier and more immediate for graziers.
VALUE OF WEATHERED HAY (Noble Foundation): This calculator enables the producer to determine the actual value of hay in a round bale after taking into account the depth of weathered hay that is low quality and inedible.
CATTLE FEEDING EVALUATION (QLD Gov't): An economic assessment of cattle feeding aimed at predicting stock weight to make a profit.
CATTLE FEEDING BREAK EVEN CALCULATOR (Beef Cattle Institute): Note this calculator is in pounds and miles, but can be easily converted.
PRECONDITIONING VALUE CALCULATOR (Oklahoma State University): Economic aspects of preconditioning programs.
CATTLE FEEDING MARGIN CALCULATOR (QLD Gov't): evaluate the margins involved in feeding cattle in the paddock or putting them into a feedlot.
EVALUATION OF BUYING FEEDERS (Kansas State University): Estimate the potential returns of owning feeder cattle.
FEEDLOT EVALUATION (QLD Gov't): Profit assessment of a cattle lot passing through a feedlot.
FEEDLOT GROSS MARGIN (QLD Gov't): Gross margin tool to assess feedlot operations.
FEEDLOT YARDAGE CALCULATOR (UW Extension): a valuable tool for feed operations, however few farmers know what their yardage costs are for their operation.
HAY HAULING CALCULATOR (Noble Foundation): The hay hauling calculator allows you to estimate the total cost of purchasing and transporting hay.
OVERHEAD BULK FEED BIN CALCULATOR (Noble Foundation): This tool is used to evaluate the feasibility of purchasing an overhead feed bin and truck mounted feeder for feed storage and feeding of cattle.
PROTEIN SUPPLEMENT CALCULATOR (Noble Foundation): helps to determine the price per pound of available crude protein for each option.
SELL OR FEED CALCULATOR (QLD Gov't): Estimates and compares the costs of feeding stock to selling and buying back.
STEER FATTENING ECONOMICS (QLD Gov't): An economic assessment tool (profit and return on capital) for a steer fattening operation.
STOCKER CATTLE CALCULATIONS (Kansas State University): assists in estimating potential returns to owning stocker cattle.
VALUE OF GAIN CALCULATOR (Noble Foundation): This tool calculates the value of the gain of an animal. Supplement conversion calculates the cost on a per lb of additional gain basis of using a feed supplement.
ANIMAL HEALTH (AgHub): Makes it easy to enter or import treatments, procedures, tests, vaccinations and drenching records for each animal. Provides a central record of every treatment made, which can be accessed from any internet-connected computer.
BOVINE RESPIRATORY ECONOMIC CALCULATOR (Beef Cattle Institute): tool used to evaluate the effect of BVD prevention and treatment options on the economic outcome of a group of cattle.
CATTLE TREATMENT RECORD KEEPING (Oklahoma State)
TREATMENT RECORD FOR GROUPS OF CATTLE (Oklahoma State)
CATTLE HEAT LOAD TOOLBOX (Katestone): The Heat Load Index (HLI) – has been developed as an indicator of the environmental heat load placed on cattle.
DISEASE DIAGNOSTIC COST/BENEFIT CALCULATOR (Kansas State University)
HEALTH COST BENEFIT CALCULATOR (MLA): developed to determine the benefit of applying an animal health treatment to a herd for bloat, clostridial diseases and grass tetany.
CALCULATING TRACE MINERAL ELEMENTS (Beef Cattle Institute): calculator to assist with mineral and salt mixes.
COW-CULATOR (Oklahoma State University): assist cattlemen in making informed decisions associated with beef cow nutrition.
ESTIMATING HAY VALUE BASED ON CHEMICAL ANALYSIS (Oklahoma State University): provides a rapid and economical method to determine the nutritional value in a feed.