In response to a dairy operator's request for help in evaluating heifer replacement costs, a worksheet was developed (using Lotus 1-2-3tm) to assess the cost of raising calves. Specific categories relating to calf raising were compiled and measures for calculations were established to determine variable and fixed costs. Testing and implementation of the spreadsheet were carried out on several large-scale dairies, with the individual dairy operators providing cost and population information pertaining to each of the categories. The worksheet provides a way to calculate fixed and variable calf-raising costs for calves of varying age-groups and weights.
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*Supported in part with funds provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the Animal Health Act of 1977, Public Law 95-133.