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City Rancher wrote:My whole point in doing this would be to do something different and get free feed. Otherwise I can just buy my steaks and hamburger at the market and save the hassles.
First point- if your whole point in this is to make money. I would suggest really looking at the numbers before doing it. Using your numbers you spend $900 on 3 head and sell them for 4,500 for a total profit of 3,600. Keeping them a year you are looking at a little less than $10/day profit. Are you willing to go through all that work of shoveling s*** and going to get clippings ever day for $10?
Now if you are doing it because you think you would really enjoy doing it and money isn't the most important thing. Then its a different story. My first suggestion would be to flip your mindset, by using the grass clippings to supplement to cheapen up your input costs, but not as the main food source. There is just too many problems with that as most people have already mentioned. Find someplace you can get small square bales of hay (which typically range form 60-120 lbs each.) This will give you a consistent and reliable food source (find some alfalfa too) then whenever you can get fresh clippings feed less hay. Final suggestion,consider using some corn. It doesn't need to be a lot, but a little corn could go a long way in your situation.
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