Calculating Closeouts for Stockers Can Improve Decision-Making and Profitability

Amy Barkley, Livestock Specialist
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

January 7, 2021
Calculating Closeouts for Stockers Can Improve Decision-Making and Profitability

Most of the stockers in the Northeast are brought in from pasture and sold or begin the finishing process on-farm. Following the transition of those animals, a closeout can be created for each group or pen sold. This evaluation reviews the animals' yearly performance, looking at items including feed intake, death loss, revenue, expenses, and profit/loss and helps to develop an annual record to help make decisions moving into subsequent seasons. The University of Wisconsin has developed a series of open-access close-out spreadsheet to help with the evaluation, which can be found here.

If you are interested in sharing your evaluation, Dr. Mike Baker from Cornell University will use the data to determine the trends on a state-wide basis.




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