Was at a meeting on Friday and a few lads were discussing costs. It was the complete opposite to what you would imagine. A lad that was feeding 30 Hereford bulls from bucket to finish broke down his figures and they showed that he was making 200 clear on every animal. Another lad was feeding 100 Hereford bull calves, put up his figures, and showed to be just breaking even. He appeared to be farming the best ground. He had a massive meal bill of 450 per animal or 45000 euro every year. He was getting better prices for his animals than anyone else, but his costs were a good bit higher per animal. Speaker talked about finishing suckler bred animals. They had done some research on a number of different farms that were finishing all types of continental breeds. They found that the average carcass weight was 340kg for suckler bred. They concluded that lads were not getting as much out of animals as they could be and that many lads would gain financially by feeding managing grass better and even went as far as showing that feeding meal to get that last 100kg in live weight to get an extra 50kg carcass weight actually pays, not just in extra weight but improved grades. They had a range of comparisons done. Again, it goes back to the old adage of making the most of what you actually have before complaining about it and going onto something new.