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Agricultural Economist Matt Stockton

Matt Stockton
Agricultural Economist

(308) 696-6713

Agricultural Economist Sunil Dhoubhadel

Sunil Dhoubhadel
Research Analyst

(308) 696-6738


Livestock Production Decision Aids

The Stochastic Partial Budgeting for Beef Cow Replacement is an Excel spreadsheet that estimates net benefits of buying a heifer instead of raising them.  Based on this analysis it provides a Cumulative Distribution Function(CDF) graph of net benefits. To learn more about stochastic partial budgeting and guidence on entering data in the spread sheet click here

The Partial Budgeting for Drought Management is an Excel spreadsheet that gives an example of partial budgeting of buying replacement heifers vs. raising them considering the possibility of a drouhght.

The Cow-Calf Cost Cow-Q-Lator is an Excel spreadsheet that calculates the cost of raising one calf. Through that computation, producers can estimate profitability. (For this spreadsheet to work correctly, please enable macros. Go to security warning in the top menu bar. Click options, then click "enable this content.")

A Cow-calf Share Lease Cow-Q-Lator calculates an equitable share arrangement for leasing cows. The password for this spreadsheed is "cow."

The Cornstalk Grazing Cow-Q-Lator is an Excel worksheet for matching livestock size and numbers with corn stalk acres needed with a cost.

The Feed Cost Cow-Q-Lator with Examples compares the cost of TDN and Crude Protein in different feeds considering transportation and handling costs and losses. It also calculates the feed needed and total cost given herd size and days fed. The 'œWith Examples' spreadsheet is the above described spreadsheet with some sample feeds entered.

Breakeven Cow-Q-Lator for Feeders or Cull Cows is an Excel worksheet that calculates breakevens for feeders or cull cows.

Water Development Cost Cow-Q-Lator for Grazing Livestock is a worksheet for estimating the cost for developing water sources for livestock in grazing areas. This worksheet is from extension circular EC03-821 published by the University of Nebraska.

Hedge Calculator: Unstable markets can make it difficult for producers to choose the optimum time to sell their calves. There are a variety of methods available to sell calves. We have built a program that uses historical data to help users understand just one method: hedging.