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Unit Cost of Production Workshop in Brewster

8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Uncle Buck’s Lodge in Brewster
TL Meyer, (308) 645-2267,
Two-day workshops will be held in January and February that will provide a hands-on learning experience for producers to learn how to calculate a unit cost of production for a cow-calf operation.

Having information to make effective business decisions is important for ranch success. Enterprise analysis and unit cost of production (UCOP) are tools that can help ranchers identify where value is being created on the ranch, where costs are occurring, and what changes could be made to improve profit.

These programs will take place Jan. 30 and 31 at Uncle Buck’s Lodge in Brewster from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. CST and in Valentine in February at a date to be announced.

Cost is $50 per person and covers meals for both days. Please pre-register one week ahead of the program for a meal count. Payment is due the day of the workshop. Workshop size is limited to 30 people. Contact T.L. Meyer at 308-645-2267 ( or Hannah Smith at (402) 387-2213 ( to register for the Brewster workshop and Ryan Benjamin at 402-376-1850 ( for the Valentine workshop.

For cow-calf producers, UCOP is figured as cost per pound of weaned calf. Knowing what it costs to develop a bred heifer, harvest a ton of hay or put a pound of gain on a stocker or a yearling are valuable information as well for the ranch business manager.

It takes time to set up and calculate a UCOP, but the benefits are:
• Knowing what present costs are;
• Projecting what unit cost of production will be in 2023;
• Identifying opportunities to improve profitability;
• Using information to make management and marketing decisions.

Participants in this workshop will work through a sample ranch to determine the profitability of four common ranch enterprises: cow-calf, stockers/breeding heifers, hay, and land. Participants will go through the steps of analyzing costs and calculating what it costs to produce a unit of product for each enterprise. Participants will also learn how to identify how changes could improve ranch profitability.

Sound difficult? Hands-on, group activities, and examples of how to calculate key numbers will help participants through the process. Participants will receive access to Excel® spreadsheet templates that can help them analyze cost of production for their own operation. Follow-up consultation is available after the workshops.

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This event originated in UNL Beef.