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Angus or what
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Luke    Posted 01-25-2004 at 20:16:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'v throne around the idea to raise cattle on my 35 acer pasture (Ill buy grain and grow hay) buying about 15 bottle calves a year and holding them for 2 or 3 years. 1st questian should i go with Angus my friend thinks that is the breed to go with(he raises angus) 2nd questian how much do bottle angus calves cost? 3rd if i buy the grain and grow the hay how much profit would i be making on a cow for 3 years?

bulldinkie    Posted 01-26-2004 at 14:15:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
we have 40 acres we raise reg.Texas Longhorns lot of enjoyment raising these guys.You can breed a white with a black and get a red calf.You have no idea what yoll get.Alot less problems with longhorns,more hardy,less diseases.Gentle,docile animals.we started with 3 bred cows went from there.We only have about 15 now.we had 4 bull calves born this year.Meat is better for you than chicken leaner.

Dieselrider    Posted 01-26-2004 at 04:13:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
I buy my calves at about six months old the n sell as freezer beef at about 24 months.

Battleborn    Posted 01-25-2004 at 21:12:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hate to be a killjoy, but here goes.

35 acres is not enough ground to graze 15 head and also grow enough hay to winter them over. Beef cattle calves that have been abandoned or orphaned are not nearly as common as milk cow breeds that are removed from the cow for obvious reasons. Raising 15 of them is nearly a full-time job, and some will die no matter what you do.
To answer your specific questions:
1.)Angus and Hereford are great beef cattle, can't go wrong with either.
2.) If bottle calves cost you anything, they cost too much (IMHO). Maybe your friend that gave you the advice could give you a calf or two as well.
3.)How much profit will you make? Likely none. There are a lot more costs involved than you might thing. Sadly, small-scale beef cattle production is a hobby these days, not a vocation.

Maybe raise one or two for your own consumption first, and I would butcher them earlier than 3 years.


Luke    Posted 01-25-2004 at 21:35:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
i got 35 in pasture and 100 in hay

Battlebron    Posted 01-25-2004 at 22:04:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, that is enough for 15, assuming you have the haying equipment, but it doesn't change the rest.
You would be much more likely to make some coin if you sell the hay.
If you do try this, my best advice would be to buy the calves in the early spring, and sell them as feeders instead of trying to finish them yourself. A feelot that buys grain by the semi-load can finish them really cheap.

deadcarp    Posted 01-25-2004 at 21:08:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
safe answer is - don't expect a profit from the first crop unless you're a tree farmer :)

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