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New To It All

Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:47 pm
by fonzy6677
Hi Everyone!
I apologize in advance for all the questions I will be asking over the next couple of months until I can officially get started.
A little bit about me-
Offline I go by AJ, but online I go by Fonzy. I currently live in Leesville but will be stationed in Korea for a year starting at the end of next month. After that I am doing all I can to get stationed at Fort Carson, CO. Currently in the Army (was 11B Infantry but I just recently re-classed to 25N Nodal Networking) I will be taking this time and extra pay while in Korea to pay off all my bills to include vehicles, and when I get back I will be selling my house in Leesville to get ready to buy some land in Colorado hopefully within an hour distance from Fort Carson. I am planing on taking it slow and building all my infrastructure first while working on goats and chicken. The main goal is to get a good herd of cattle going. I was thinking about starting by spending my weekends helping local ranches with any jobs that they will give me and only require knowledge as payment. This way I can get some experience and its always good to network. As far as breed I am thinking about Black or Red Angus, but I might start with a smaller breed like Dexters to get the hang of things. I have been doing tons of research but I always end up with more questions lol.

Anyone know the Colorado Springs/ El Paso County area and have a good idea around where I should focus my search for land that will have a good enough yield of grass to feed a good size herd? Being that I am over a year out right now I know I shouldn't even be looking but I like to gather as much information as possible before starting this venture.

Re: New To It All

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:27 am
by msplmtneer
Howdy and :welcome: also thank you for your service :tiphat:

Re: New To It All

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:20 am
by slick4591
:welcome: I wish I could help you but I have no clue about that area. Thanks for your service!

Re: New To It All

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:18 pm
by HDRider
Reading and studying is good. Doing is learning.

Thanks for your service, and keep your head down over there with that crazy pudgy short guy with the bad hair cut.

Re: New To It All

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:13 pm
by farmerjan
Thanks for your service also. God Bless and be as careful as you can, come home safe.
All the reading that you do is a plus. Don't have to take any advice, but listening(reading) will give you some undeniable basics. Don't know the area, hope some of our TX "guys " will chime in.
One thing, when you do get back, spend some time at the local sale barn/stockyards also, get to know the people in the area, and what cattle do the best, sell the best etc. I like some of the odd - rarer breeds, but they will not make you money except in a niche market. Much as I hate it sometimes, black is what sells here, so we run a mostly black angus influenced herd. I fool with some dairy animals, and am doing some AI breeding and crosses, but the bulk are to try to make a little money with so we raise what is in demand.
Good luck and it is never too soon to start looking for a place. I admire your resolve to get everything paid off so that you can maybe start with a low debt load and build it up as you go. Things like catch pens/working facilities do not have to be fancy, land and WATER is very important, fences next. There are portable pens that can be utilized...but that is down the road.