I used all the corn I grew last year and have been purchasing corn from my parents, but it looks like I may use up that supply before fall harvest. It’s going to be close, though. So instead of purchasing a small amount of corn which would be a pain to auger into a bin only to shovel back out, I priced a complete feed delivered right into my pig feeders.
The price Big Gain has right now for 16% protein pig feed is $825 for two ton, delivered into my feeder. If I were to mix my own ration, I could do two ton for $510, not counting the cost of my time and machinery.
Breaking it down for a two ton batch:
80 lbs of vitamin/mineral/amino acid premix for $30
550 lbs of soybean meal for $143
3370 lbs of corn for $337
The cost of the bulk feed is $.21 per lb and the cost of the mix-my-own feed is $.13 per lb. This seems like a hefty premium to pay for convenience, but I may buy some if I’m cutting it very close.