Cost comparison of various calf feeding programs 2015, by number of calves

The statistic shows the evaluated cost comparison of feeding pasteurized milk to calves and other feeding systems for calves as of March 2015, by number of calves. According to the report, the cost of feeding pasteurized waste milk at one gallon per day was the lowest cost option with daily cost of 14.94 U.S. dollars for 20 calves.

Cost comparison of feeding pasteurized milk to calves and other feeding systems as of 2015, by number of calves (in U.S. dollars per day)*

20:20 Milk replacer (1.25 lb/day)26:20 Milk Replacer (2.26 lb/day)Pasteurized Waste Milk (gal/day)Pasteurized Waste Milk (2 gal/day)Pasteurized Waste Milk (1.5 gal/day)Pasteurized Whole Milk (1 gal/day)
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Release date

March 2015


United States

Survey time period

March 2015

Supplementary notes

*10-gallon batch pasteurizer, the cost of pasteurization equipment was set at an estimated “base” price of $8,800.
20:20 Milk replacer: milk replacer with 20% protein and 20% fat fed at a rate of 1.25 pounds of powder per calf per day with a cost $75 per bag.
26:20 Milk Replacer: 26% protein, 20% fat product fed, amount of powder fed is 2.26 pounds per calf per day, and this product costs $98 per bag.
Pasteurized waste milk with assumption of waste milk has a value of $3/cwt.
Pasteurized whole milk with an estimated value of $19/cwt.

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