Originally Posted by KlopKlop
I don't think a broiler raiser is going to get rich on a $1.15 a bird payment for flock destruction when you consider the cost of the chick and expenses to feed and heat the shed etc plus the fact that the shed will remain inoperable for so many weeks while the virus is killed.
That said, that is a payment from the government and may or may not mean they get an insurance payment on top of that
If you read the bulletin you will see NO BROILERs have been infected. They are basically getting their next crop of broilers for less than free, I am betting they pay around that 50-75 cents a bird. I am not implying they are getting rich, I am saying good practices mean they disinfect between classes. In a broiler operation I doubt they pay their employees 200 bucks a day. And I doubt they have 5 employees cleaning and disinfecting one coop. But if they did those 5 guys costs $1,000.
The operation gets $11,500 for cleaning and disinfecting, leaving $10,500 for raising the birds and replacements.
I paid $1.15 for my birds last year. That is another $1,150 leaving $9,000 for raising them. I raised and sold mine at $7.50 a bird to those that came to freezer camp day. I broke even at that including cost of buying the birds.
I am sure a large producer spends less per bird than I did, I kept mine 13 weeks they keep theirs 6-7 weeks. I raised mine to 11-13 pounds they go 5-6.
If they sold theirs for 5, bucks a bird based on my costs they would have about $4.75 a bird in costs leaving them a profit of a quarter a bird. ( am fairly sure they do better than that)..
So out of the $10,500 bucks they have left for bird raising and replacements they have roughly $4,750 in expenses. Meaning they got an extra 5 grand for nothing from the taxpayers.
I know these are rough estimates, very rough, and this is no more than an educated guess. BUT it still ticks me off to see them getting paid to do what we all do for our birds for free.
The worse thing is it removes the incentive for them to cure the problem. Worse than that it could cause them to claim it is worse than it is and make money on it, while we and our birds suffer..
I say this not in an attempt to argue but to show where my point of view comes from. I welcome yours.