Bull Valuation Calculator

Identifying a fair price during sire selection contributes to higher efficiency in operation economics. The BCRC Bull Valuation Calculator helps to estimate break-even bull prices based on different traits and the key parameters of your farm.

Bull Valuation Calculator

Enter information in the yellow highlighted cells below.

It is suggested to keep the blue highlighted cells at the set defaults unless data is known.

Further calculator details are below.

Note: This calculator is meant as a general guide and may not reflect the true bull value for your individual farm. Further information can be found in this BCRC post.

Calf Information

 Expected Weight of Calves (lbs) Expected Price of Calves (\$/lb) \$ Expected Weaning Rate %

Bull Information

 Annual Maintenance Cost (\$/year) \$ Cow to Bull Ratio : 1 Years of Service 123456789101112 Bull salvage value (\$) \$ Death loss (%) % % Calf value attributed to bull %

General Information

 Interest rate (%) %

\$4,650.81

Value from Calves

 Expected # of calves Expected total revenue from calves \$ Total annual calf value from the bull \$

Bull Annual Maintenance Cost

 Days on winter feed Winter Feed Cost per day \$ Winter Feed Cost per year \$ Veterinary cost per year \$ Bull labour and yardage per year \$ Pasture for bull per year \$ Total cost \$

Bull Salvage Value

 Bull Salvage Price (\$/lb) \$ Bull weight at end of life (lbs) Bull Salvage Value (\$/head) \$

Cost of Natural Breeding

 Lifetime costs \$ Number of Calves Sired over lifetime Bull Cost per Calf \$

Calculator Details

Expected weight and price of calves: This calculator assumes calves are sold at weaning, and inputs required are the expected weight and price of calves at weaning.

Expected weaning rate: Number of weaned calves divided by cows exposed.

Annual maintenance cost: This number can be calculated using the adjacent box.

Cow to bull ratio: This can vary depending on bull efficiency, pasture size and herd size.

Years of service: Please enter a whole number between 1 and 12.

Bull salvage value: The amount the bull can sell for at the end of his breeding life.

Death loss: This reflects the probability the bull sustains an injury or disease that takes him out of service before his predicted years of service.

% calf value attributed to the bull: This parameter describes the proportion of the calf’s value that is directly provided from the bull.

Interest rate: Represents cost of borrowing money, and it is used to adjust future values into their present value.

Bull value (Breakeven price): The net present value of the bull; where there would be no profit or loss.

Cost of natural breeding: takes the lifetime costs of purchase (breakeven) price less salvage value and annual maintenance for the years of service divided by the number of calves sired over the lifetime of the bull.