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Keeping data on cow-calf herds is important. Producers need to know input costs to help determine break-even prices and realize some profit and an acceptable return on investment.

Purchasing and feeding hay can drive production costs up. High-priced hay needs to be a bridge from one low-cost production scenario to the next. Seeking alternative feed resources and substituting a less costly, more energy-dense feed source as a percentage of the daily ration should be explored.