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Raising a Steer
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Jimbob    Posted 06-07-2003 at 14:31:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am thinking about raising a steer for meat. How much grazing land is needed & just how difficult to raise. I am worried about mad cow disease.


RayP(MI)    Posted 06-08-2003 at 17:14:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Where in the world are you? If in the USA, mad cow disease is extremely unlikely. Other countries, particularly in Europe have much higher likelihood. Probably can find a great amount about the disease if you do a search on the internet. Mad cow disease is primarily conducted by feeding improperly processed animal biproducts.


Willy-N    Posted 06-07-2003 at 15:04:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
That depends on your pasture and how fast it grows. If you get a 500 pound one you can figure about 3 ton for a 6 month winter and pasture if you got a good one in the spring and summer. Pasture size can be from 1 acer on a great pasture or about 40 acres like around here that is why we feed all year. Mark H.


Jimbob    Posted 06-07-2003 at 15:39:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
I can buy good hay for $1 a bale. So if a bale weighs 60lbs, I pay $100 for 6 months hay. I also have a dry barn loft for storage- no problem. I believe I can support this steer on a few of our acres during the summer so I will give it a try- tnx. Now, what kind of steer?


Willy-N    Posted 06-07-2003 at 15:44:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Angus cross would be good but there are lots of different types of steers out there. We need about 40 ton this year for the winter! And more for the summer time. Mark H.


Tnx Mark, .......Jimbob n    Posted 06-07-2003 at 17:10:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
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