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Home Grown Cows
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Danny in CO    Posted 04-03-2001 at 12:48:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have 13 acres here in Colorado and would like to raise a couple of calves that we would butcher in a couple of years. Can anyone tell me what kind of cows are best for steaks/hamburger. I have heard that some cows are milk producers, but not good eaters.

Any advice would be appreciated!

Canadian Cowboy    Posted 04-03-2001 at 22:00:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ive already suggested this above, get a copy of this book, Raising a Calf for Beef at your local fee/farm supply store. Its a good book for the beginner, easy to read and follow.

You can get "Dairy Bull calves" just about any time of the year and reasonably priced. You will be feeding them milk replacer at a cost of $40 a bag for at least a month or two. the calves are will needed to be casterated as well as dehorn, get the famer to do this before you buy them off the farm. Your going to be spending the summer months feeding grain, rotating calves to diffrent pastures and fixing up broken fences. Come fall your going to wanna buthcher and expect "hamburger" quality meat.

Your other option would be to get a Beef cow "in calf" or a cow calf pair. All you have to do is look after the cow and wean off the calf each year to put into your freezer, less work for you. IF you go this route try and find a cow from a hobby famrers small heard, it will be easier to work with and tamer than one from a large herd just off the range.

Hope this helps fora start, e-mail or post any more questions.

Bluebird    Posted 04-03-2001 at 20:24:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Here in our part of the southwest (New Mexico and Colorado) Herfords and Angus are the leading beef cattle. Charolais are becoming popular too. The Holsteins and Guernseys are "dairy" cattle and the calves can usually be picked up cheaply but there is not the amount of meat return that there is in the "beef" cattle. An auction barn is the best place to go to find what you want.

TomH    Posted 04-03-2001 at 16:01:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Cattle generally are classified as "dairy" or "beef". You can raise dairy calves for beef, and it's perfectly good, but not quite as efficient in converting feed to meat as the beef breeds. Most important is if it has testicles, remove them, you don't want a bull running around, especially a dairy bull.

Okie-Dokie    Posted 04-03-2001 at 17:40:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It is just my opinion, but I think for the best beef you can't beat certified angus. Besides, if you get him raised up & ready for the freezer then can't do him in certified angus always commands a higher price at the sale.

'Bandit'    Posted 04-12-2001 at 20:06:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
There is no difference between Angus and any other breed. The Angus breeders assoc. is doing a good advertising job is all that is. Any breed will do it's all in the feeding.

bob    Posted 04-04-2001 at 14:25:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
any breed will make good eating if fed rightm Here in Iowa we finish them out on corn for at least 90 days I have buthcered one evry year and my boy says don,t quit as it is so much better than what you buy. I have had good luck with holistsns but it takes more feed and longer time You have to have good finish or they will not taste as good. As you can see I don,t like grass fed cattle.

Rusty    Posted 06-20-2002 at 09:24:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a question? I have 3.11 acers i want to buy a couple of calfs they will be eating grass & what ever else they eat.Iam a beggener as you can tell.How much $$ iam i going to spend on my new hobby& will it be worth it?Or should i raise these calfs and sell them at the fair in 4H with my son?Hope you can help.Thank you for your time Rusty.

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