April 17th, 2015

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Cow Fund Public Meeting, April 26th

Friday, April 17th, 2015

The BHCF will be holding a public meeting to discuss the future of the Breakneck Hill Cow Fund on Sunday, April 26th at 4pm at 61 Breakneck Hill Road. The purpose of this meeting is to talk about the challenges that the BHCF faces, basic facts such as expenses and income generated, exchange realistic ideas and plans to generate funding and recruit a consistent volunteer base. Please refer to the information below to formulate your sustainable and realistic ideas to help us continue to have a herd of cows on the Breakneck Hill Conservation Land.

*It takes 3 years to get a cow to market weight on 100% grass. That is approximately $1100 in hay costs alone.

*Each adult cow eats approximately $700/year in hay based on 22 acres available for grazing

*Once wetland restrictions go into effect (2016) our pasture will be reduced to 14 acres and hay costs will go up to approximately $1,000/year

*The Breakneck Hill Cow Fund pays a fixed $2,000/year in insurance costs

*Additional costs (gas, fencing, time, truck use, missed work & misc….) presently average $4,000/year. Paul & Chris have both donated this amount for the past 10 years!!!! $40,000 of their own money

*It has been identified that in order to continue, we need to hire a part-time employee from April 1-November 30th for 10 hours/week equaling $4,000/year who would be responsible for maintaining fencing, feeding, rotating cows, watering cows, manure control, invasive removal……..)

*Average income from fund-raising (not selling meat) $2,000/year

*Average net income per year from meat sales from 4 cows/year approx. $6,000

*To sustain herd we need to purchase a bull at cost $2000/year. We are unable to rent a bull due to our license agreement. Resale value approximately $1000 (after feed costs)

*Paul & Chris personally feed the cows 450 times per year, each time takes approximately ½ hour. 225 hours each/year feeding! This is based on present acreage of 22 acres. With reduced acreage of 14 this will probably increase to about 540 times per year-270 hours/year spent feeding.

*Volunteer Feeding Needs-average 500 hours/year (estimated without factoring in PT employee)

In Summary on 14 acres (without meat sales)

What do we need to sustain 10 cows?

$10K hay

$2k insurance

$4k PT employee

$3K land use for Paul’s property ($2/cow /day/5months)

$1k gas, vet bills,

Total: $20,000

What do we need to sustain 5 Cows?

$5k hay

$2k insurance

$4k PT employee

$1,500 Paul

$1k misc

Total: $13,500