Angus Cow Cost

How Much Does a Black Angus Cow Cost?

Last Updated on April 30, 2023 | Written by CPA Alec Pow
First Published on August 16, 2021 | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popivker

The Black Angus cow is a breed of cattle typically used in beef production. The most common color for the Angus cow is black, although other colors have been emerging recently as well – red being the newest one on the market.

In America, both breeds are seen separately while England sees them all as just variations of “Angus.” There were more than 350,000 registered cows found across pastures and grazing lands last year alone, making this the most common breed of beef cattle.

How much does a Black Angus cow cost?

Usually, the Black Angus cow cost is anywhere from $900 to as much as $3,200+ per animal, with bulls being 50 to 70 percent more than cows.  This means that the average Black Angus cow cost per pound is around $6.

In comparison, processed Black Angus beef is priced at around $10 to $20 per pound of hanging weight meat, depending on the butcher you order it from.

As an example, if you were to get an open Angus heifer calf, you will spend somewhere between $1,500 and $1,900. At the same time, most of the full-grown Hereford bulls will have prices upwards of $3,500.

As a general idea, the average cost will be dependent on the gender and size of the specimen, its age, geographical location, and where you buy it from.

Type Average Price
Angus Bred Heifers $1,500 to $1,900
Bulls $2,700 to $5,400
Cows $1,300 to $1,600
Cows w/calves $1,400 to $3,200
Show-quality Bull $3,700 to $5,800 is a leading cattle market where farmers sell their livestock to buyers across the country, with listings primarily from farms in Texas and surrounding regions. A big part of the listings are selling Black Angus cows – most of them at around $900-$2,200. Some listings will be for individual specimens, while others will require you to cover a minimum order.

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A smaller online marketplace called Ranch World Ads currently has about 50 listings priced at anywhere from $1,300 to $2,500.

What should you get for this price?

With a reputable seller, buyers can expect to receive all documentation related to the purchase of show-quality cattle including an up-to-date vaccination record and vet health checkup. Additionally, sellers may include fertility tests for any animals of show quality in order to ensure that they are fertile enough for breeding purposes.

Any additional expenses to consider?

Organic Angus CowsCattle are not picky eaters, and they will typically consume about 40 pounds of feed a day. This means that if the hay was priced at about $65 per ton, this could translate into around $1.40 per day per cow, just for food.

Aside from the feed costs and water consumption needed by cows in general, other factors such as pen cleaning rates would also have an effect on your bank account; especially when considering larger numbers like 20+ cattle together – in addition to aspects such as field maintenance/overhead.

Vet visits too would be needed from time to time as well due to their exposure to disease when grazing out of doors. All of the expected costs together would amount to around $700+ per year for each cow.

Some farmers will offer to deliver their cows for a fee if they are not too far away. The cost of the delivery depends on how many animals need to be transported and the distance between you and them. If you buy all of these animals at once, some may even offer to deliver them for free.

Important things to remember

Most of the listings you will see on online marketplaces tend to be put up by local farmers and with quantities ranging between 20 and 125 specimens. Some sellers may require that you purchase an entire group, while others allow some freedom in picking a few out of any given group. Generally speaking though, the more cows purchased at once usually means the more incentives you will get, such as free shipping or a discount.

Angus cows can be found on the market at any age, but it is typically between two to eight years old. The majority of Angus cattle weigh 1,100 pounds. You will usually find this type of information inside the classified ad.

Is there any way to spend less?

When looking at the prices, it’s important to remember that they are not the final price. When negotiating with sellers you have a chance of knocking off 10-20% just by asking.

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