Iowa Beef Center


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Iowa Beef Center
313 Kildee Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-3150
Phone: 515-294-BEEF (2333)
Fax: 515-294-3795

last updated: May 13, 2015



Backgrounding Breakeven Calculator
The Backgrounding Breakeven Calculator contains Microsoft Excel spreadsheet budgets and a breakeven purchase-price estimator.

Business Plan Template

Cashflow Planning Tool for Transitioning from Conventional to Alternative Production Systems
Niche markets provide opportunities for producers to add value to their cattle operations. While the alternative systems may offer profit potential, cashflow is often a constraint to making change, as costs often increase before premiums are received. This spreadsheet will help you evaluate the cashflow transition from conventional beef production to an alternative system, such as natural, organic or grass-fed.

Cattle Feeding Budgets
This calculator includes Microsoft Excel spreadsheet budgets and a breakeven purchase-price estimator.

Cattle Market Planner
The Cattle Market Planner uses a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to calculate futures and options strategies for beef and pork producers.

Corn Co-Product Value for Finishing Cattle

Feed Energy Index
Calculates the value per unit of energy for available feedstuffs as a first step in feed selection or purchase decisions.

Feeder Cattle Bid Calculator
The Feeder Cattle Bid Calculator uses a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to calculate feeder cattle breakeven purchase prices across a user-defined range of corn grain prices and finished cattle sale prices. Learn how to use the calculator here.

Feedlot Cattle Phosphorous & Nitrogen Excretion Calculator

Feedyard Cash Flow Planning Tool

Feedlot Facility Economic Assessment Calculator (register to download the calculator)
This spreadsheet based tool is designed to help producers compare beef feedlot facilities from an economic standpoint. Enter your own general and facility costs and performance assumptions to see economic comparisons between facility types.

Grid Marketing Calculator (simple version)

Grid Marketing Calculator (full version)

Holstein-Angus Feed Cattle Pricing
This application allows for determining a relative price of Holstein feeder cattle based on current cattle markets.

Limited Feed Intake Calculator
The Limited Feed Intake Calculator evaluates the impact that a slight restriction in feed intake has on the feedyard and the carcass performance of cattle.

Sulfur Summary Sheet (Total Diet and Feed Sample Evaluations)

Yardage-Diesel Fuel Relationship
There is a strong relationship between changes in diesel fuel price and yardage costs. This application allows a base yardage fee to be adjusted with changes in diesel fuel price.


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