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Feed Nutrient Comparison Calculator

Updated November 28, 2023
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Heather Gessner

SDSU Extension Livestock Business Management Field Specialist

This SDSU Extension Feed Nutrient Comparison Calculator is designed to assist producers with supplemental feed purchasing decisions. There are many feedstuffs available that provide protein or energy. The price of these products, based on the nutrients they provide, should be used to develop the best, low-cost balanced ration for the enterprise.

To use this calculator, producers will need to know the price per unit of the feedstuffs available for purchase, the mileage to deliver the feedstuffs, and the cost of delivery for the feedstuffs. Additionally, for accurate calculations, the feed values of the available options should be entered. Base nutrient analyses for common feeds are listed in the calculator.

Evaluation of feedstuff costs, on a nutrient basis, will provide producers the opportunity to create low-cost rations for their livestock enterprises.  As feed is the largest expense in any livestock enterprise, this is a critical decision-making process.

Disclaimer: The preceding is presented for informational purposes only. SDSU does not endorse the services, methods, or products described herein, and makes no representations or warranties of any kind regarding them. This publication is not legal advice and should not be substituted for the guidance and recommendations of experienced legal counsel. Legal questions specific to your situation should be directed to a licensed attorney.