Pricing Protein and Energy Supplements (Nutrition Update, Volume 15)

The following tables break down the price of the various feed ingredients. Although there may be significant changes in prices as the winter feeding period progresses, the following can be used as a basis for discussion. There may also be some difference in price between feed sources.  The first table shows the price/tonne, price/kg of product, and price/kg of actual protein or protein equivalent. The second table shows the price/tonne, price/kg of product and price/kg of TDN for various energy supplements. Products marked by * contain added minerals and vitamins and this will have a small effect on overall cost.

Protein Costs

Product $/Tonne $/kg Protein
46% SBM 224 0.49
34% Canola Meal 148 0.44
41:20 Block* 1,222 2.98
32% Pellets* 260 0.81
25% Distillers Grain (corn) 135 0.54
35% Distillers Grains (wheat) 170 0.49
16% Alfalfa 90 0.56

   $/kg CP = $ per tonne / %TDN x 10

Energy Costs

Feed (% TDN, as fed) $/Tonne $/kg TDN
Alfalfa Grass (50% TDN) 65 0.13
Alfalfa (56% TDN) 90 0.16
Barley (73% TDN) 70 0.10
Wheat (79% TDN) 85 0.11
Oats (67% TDN) 108 0.16
Corn (79% TDN) 119 0.15
41:20 Block (67% TDN)* 1,222 1.82
 $/kg TDN = $ per tonne / %TDN x 10

 Nutrition Update
Volume 15 No.2, November 2004