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Increasing inputs affecting livestock producers

A beef nutritionist says rising input costs have put extra pressure on livestock producers this year.

Kent Nutrition Group’s Dr. Brandon Koch tells Brownfield, “The monocalcium phosphate that we use in feed minerals for cows has gone up significantly,” he said. “That bag of minerals, nothing changed nutritionally, but it went from $20 to $22 a bag to $28.”

He says mineral costs are adding up. “A cow will eat about two bags, with a bit of psychiatrist factored in there. You’re talking about an extra $10 to $12 per cow just to feed minerals every year.”

While margins are tight, Koch says that doesn’t mean producers aren’t seeing solid profits. “The entry costs have gone up, but we can still sell the animal for more, which is really nice.”

He spoke with Brownfield during a fall roundtable program hosted by KWPC, Muscatine, on Thursday.



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