Cost of production beef, lamb & goat

Cost of production (CoP), measured in cents per kilogram, is an indication of the outlay required to produce each kilogram of meat for beef, sheep and goat.

For producers wanting to improve the performance of their meat-producing enterprise, a good understanding of the current health of the business is essential.

Cost of production is a key factor affecting the profitability of beef-producing businesses. Calculating your cost of production is an important step in assessing herd and flock performance and a first step to making change.

Access the Cost of Production Calculator


Watch this video to learn why knowing your cost of production can help you make improvements in your business, and how other producers have benefited.


Please note that the MLA Cost of Production Calculator has just undergone a major transformation. It now combines functionality for beef, sheep and goat enterprises, and has an updated user interface which we hope is more intuitive and user-friendly. The tool will now also be accessible from mobile devices. If you have any feedback or comments, please send us an email on Thank you and we hope you enjoy the new tool!