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I honestly don’t know enough to say one way or the other but all the feed store had was a synovex gun when I needed one so that’s what I ended up with. I’d imagine people swear by either since both companies are still in business but I’ll do some research to see what comes up in the literature. Could be real interesting.
This might be more appropriate for a different board but to an earlier point about avoiding action barn fees, how do you go about marketing via private treaty? Being new to all this, I’m not sure how that conversation/negotiation would go or what price to settle on without leaving money on the table. I’m not comfortable or have enough of a load to forward contract and I’m also unsure what basis to add/subtract from the current market to settle on a fair price. Definitely looking to learn from the experts on this forum.
AndersonAg wrote: ↑Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:45 pmNewbie here and I would love some input on what I’m doing and how I might be able to do it better. I’m also showing how dull my pencil is for the original poster. I’m pretty new to raising stockers and recently moved onto a 20 acre place (ranchette or hobby farm if you want to call it that) in central Texas that I divided into 6 paddocks using a hot wire. Cows didn’t make any sense because there’d be a lot of expense feeding all year to only sell a small handful of calves a year. That said, I started buying smaller calves, averaging 225# which seems like the sweet spot, 10-15 at a time that are mainly angus or charolais cross. The first two weeks I have them, they’re in a pen to make sure they stay healthy. They eat around 15 bags of either a 10 or 12% protein and go through around 4 square bales of hay along with some mineral containing bovatec while i’m getting them started. All said, purchase price plus input in the first 3 weeks I have around $400-$450 in each one. After the first 2 weeks, I turn them out into a coastal pasture (winter months I overseed with ryegrass) but still supplement feed them while they transition. I usually have 20-30 at a time and rotate them every 5-7 days allowing each paddock to rest nearly a month. Thus far, I have been selling them anywhere from 425# to 500# after 4 months so they’ve been averaging 2# or more of daily gain on mainly just grass (without overgrazing because we are grass farmers after all), netting me $150 - $225 per head on a buy/sell model (I base income on sell/buy because you have to replace your stock at some point). Following all this, I am buying and selling around 75 calves per year when there’s normal rainfall and haven’t had any die yet (fingers crossed).
Looks like you have a good plan.
I guess my question is this: on small acreage, do the small calves like this make sense because I can stock more of them or is there something I could do differently to net more in the end (and still not overgraze)?