The Beef Extension program offers a wide-variety of FREE factsheets, step-by-step calculator instructions and downloadable spreadsheets. All of our calculators are organized alphabetically and contain a brief summary about the program.
- Across Breed EPD Calculator
The Across-Breed EPD calculator utilizes across-breed EPD adjustment factors published by the Meat Animal Research Center to generate EPDs that can be compared across breeds.
- Bull Investment Cost Calculator
- Cattle and Horse Inventory
This decision aid provides a framework for the user to record beginning and ending inventories for various cattle and horse categories. The summary provides balance sheet values necessary in the development of the operation’s financial statements.
- Cattle Sales Record
Spreadsheet documents the sale or transfer of cattle between production activities. The reports provide a summary by cattle category with associated pay-weight and price per hundredweight.
- Cow Bid Price Estimate Calculator
Users enter purchase price for cow or cow/calf pair plus information on future calf prices/weights, cull cow price/weight, number of calving opportunities, cow operating cost per year, financing requirements to estimate net present value and the rate of return on investment.
- Cow-Calf Lease Arrangements
- Cow Repurchase Decision Tool
Spreadsheet tool to estimate cost saved and interest earned on sale proceeds between liquidation and repurchase date.
- Early Weaning Decision Aid
Spreadsheet designed to compare returns from early weaning and normal weaning scenarios.
- Estimate Feedlot Costs
- Estimating Hay Value Based on Chemical Analysis
Provides a rapid and economical method to determine the nutritional value in a feed.
- Hay Produce or Purchase Calculator
- Hay Storage Cost Evaluator Decision Aid
Facilitates the evaluation of alternative hay storage systems, specifically, open storage, open storage with hay covered, and hay barn storage.
- Hired Labor and Management Cost Calculator
This decision aid is designed to organize data necessary to measure the full cost of hired labor and management. Costs are divided into five components including salary, payroll and benefits, housing, transportation and allowances for horses or other livestock paid by employer. Cash and non-cash costs are reported separately.
- Hired Labor and Management Cost Calculator Instructions
- Hired Labor and Management Cost Calculator Program
Quicken for Farm and Ranch Management Records is a popular commercial record-keeping package that is user friendly, inexpensive, readily available, flexible and widely used. Import options allow you to add a farm category list created at Oklahoma State University that matches the tax Schedule F, minimizing the effort required to develop a beginning chart of accounts.
Wheat and Wheat-Stocker Production Planner enables a user to describe farm-specific situations and to compare the economic consequences of alternative uses of land seeded to wheat. It is a microcomputer decision aid program developed to assist wheat producers evaluate the economic consequences of alternative wheat and wheat-stocker production systems.
- Monthly Cattle Inventory
Provides monthly and annual summary of inventory changes for your breeding herd.
- Oklahoma Beef Calf Retention Decision Aid 2.0
Allows users to compare returns from retained ownership strategies to sale-at-weaning.
- Oklahoma Wheat Stocker Purchase Planner Decision Aid
Generates side-by-side comparison of stocker profitability for a wide range of purchase weights.
- Oklahoma Wheat Stocker Spreadsheet Decision Aid
Generates budgets for wheat stockers given user specified purchase weight.
- OSU Cowculator
- OSU Enterprise Budgets
Based on Excel spreadsheet software. The spreadsheets are designed to provide a planning and educational tool that contains estimates of production costs and returns based on the current and/or expected economic environment as well as the management practices typical of an area.
- OSU Mineral Intake Calculator
This tool calculates average mineral intake for a mineral that is fed to your cattle. It includes average intake over time and graphs average intake between times you place mineral in your pasture. It can account for mineral remaining in the feeder and changes in number of cattle in the pasture.
- OSU Ration Calculator 2013
Is written so that the user can select either "as is" moisture basis, or a dry matter basis to develop or check a ration formulation. For the non-skilled nutritionist, this program may be used to check a feed mixture to see if it meets the NRC recommendations for a given weight and class of growing-finishing cattle.
- OQBN Vac-45 Budgeting Tool
The OQBN Vac-45 program is a preconditioning program that allows producers to third party verify their preconditioning efforts. This tool lets you estimate the cost of participation in the program versus your projected returns.
- Own or Custom-Hire Hay Harvesting and Hauling
This decision aid determines the operating and ownership costs of haying machinery and equipment and helps evaluate whether ownership is justified with respect to custom harvest operations.
- Pickup and Trailer Cost Calculator
Spreadsheet facilitates the cost calculation for the ranch truck and/or a livestock trailer. The program is useful for enterprise budgeting, estimating transportation costs, and evaluating purchasing alternatives.
- Preconditioning Costs and Benefits
Preconditioning is the practice of preparing calves for the stresses encountered during the transition from nursing to confined feeding. The concept has existed since the large-scale cattle feeding industry first evolved in the late 1950s. The goals are to overcome the stress of weaning, teach calves to eat milled feed, administer appropriate immunizations, reduce sickness and increase the value of the calves to cattle feeders.
- Programmed Feeding for Calves
Designed to calculate the daily amount of feed for a pen of cattle. This amount varies with cattle weight, the energy values of the ration, and the desired rate of gain.
Can be used to input cow/calf and stocker information for an individual beef cattle operation. From these inputs, the program calculates net operating returns and annual cash flow for the ranch under different production-marketing alternatives available to the manager.
- Sell Cows Now or Later?
Compares opportunities for marketing cows now or incurring additional cost to target other markets. Especially useful for use in drought situations.
- Sell Cows Now or Later Program
- Stocker Lease Arrangements
- Stocker Receiving Records Spreadsheet
Is an Excel® spreadsheet designed to assist producers receiving multiple loads of stocker calves to calculate and evaluate Processing Cost, Feed Cost and Treatment Cost from the written records they are currently keeping for each load lot of cattle. The spreadsheet computes costs totals for each category from entry records for each load and allocates sick pull treatment cost to the appropriate load of stockers. The program has an optional function that sorts the Load lots into grazing units and allows the producer to record marketing groups from the grazing unit then calculates gross increased value.