Olivia & Ava, about a month ago

Olivia sold her bottle calves to our neighbor this past weekend. We had told her any money she made she could keep. We didn’t, however, tell her that we didn’t actually expect her to make any money, considering we’ve never managed to make anything on bottle calves.

So imagine Matt’s surprise when he sat down and ran the numbers to find that she actually made quite the profit! She made as much on 3 bottle calves as we did on 7 hogs in the same time period. She made more per head than Matt has per head on the feeder calves.

She’s proven herself quite the “cowgirl”, and I think has earned the right to do some horse shopping. We’ll let her keep $100 of the money to put towards a horse, the rest goes into her college savings account.

Maybe we should make her business manager of the Sugar Creek Farm beef division.

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4 Responses to Cowgirl

  1. karl says:

    wow, that’s great. i hear bottle calves are tons of work. how does olivia feel about the division of finances? i can remember never telling my parents what money i made. i spent countless waisted hours and money at the video arcade and all i have to show for it is a nervous twitch–just kidding…. about the twitch…

  2. Anonymous says:

    Oh how fun to be thinking about horse shopping. I think that is the best thing for a girl growing up! That brings back many memories of being young- although I still have the ‘horse’ affliction today…Love your blog by the way!

  3. karl – she feels very satisfied with it. She’s just turned 9, so it’s really been her first lesson in expenses versus income and profit-and-loss. It certainly gave her the incentive to do it again next spring.pc – yep, she’s pretty excited about that! Thanks for stopping by – I’ve been lurking on your blog, too!

  4. Congratulations! I know how hard it is to feed bottle calves – great job!

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