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Any money in Jersey Bull Calves?

Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:57 am
by brandonlexe
Decided to buy 6 Jersey Bull calves from a dairy for 25$ a piece. Was wondering if theres absolutely any money in these. Bottle feeding now and they are going good. When would be a good time to sell them? I thought maybe once theyre done bottle feeding then sell them or feed them for 3 months then sell

Re: Any money in Jersey Bull Calves?

Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:38 pm
by Muddy
Maybe three years ago when the cattle prices were high, but right now they don't bring much at the sale barns.

Re: Any money in Jersey Bull Calves?

Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:40 pm
by Bigfoot
Dairies should give away jerseys, and include 2 bags of milk replacer.

Re: Any money in Jersey Bull Calves?

Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:43 pm
by ddd75
get them up to around 300 lbs and take them in to a saturday sale.

Re: Any money in Jersey Bull Calves?

Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:45 pm
by cowboy43
:Growing bottle calves will be a good experience and education for you. How do you plan to market them? The feed cost and medicines for 3 months will be more than the selling price, but you will have fun losing money. You did not give your location, most locations their is not a market for them, you can always eat them. :2cents:

Re: Any money in Jersey Bull Calves?

Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:57 pm
by Muddy
ddd75 wrote:get them up to around 300 lbs and take them in to a saturday sale.

That if you like to lost so much money to get them up to 300lbs.

Re: Any money in Jersey Bull Calves?

Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:35 pm
by ALACOWMAN
Best money I made on a jersey calf was as a roping calf,training a horse,just tracking it around the arena at slow pace...it layed down and my horse stepped on its rear leg, broke it,healed it up and carried it to the stock yard..where they ran a big bull over it broke right above the last brake..they paid me for him and let me take him back home where I healed him up again and resold him to a individual....

Re: Any money in Jersey Bull Calves?

Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:47 pm
by kenny thomas
They are good eating at 1000lb but takes a long time to get them there.

Re: Any money in Jersey Bull Calves?

Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:55 pm
by ALACOWMAN
kenny thomas wrote:They are good eating at 1000lb but takes a long time to get them there.
if they don't kill you first...a sweeter calf ain't made. But let em get some age on em..

Re: Any money in Jersey Bull Calves?

Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:02 pm
by skeeter swatter
There is good money in them if you finish them.
Jersey feeders don't bring much, but if you sell grade and yield they sell right with the colored fats.
Better yet sell halves and quarters.

Re: Any money in Jersey Bull Calves?

Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:05 am
by OwnedByTheCow
Raise them to 6 months. Talk to a local restaurant, like one of those not chain restaurants and you will have a very tender meat. Save one for yourself too!

Re: Any money in Jersey Bull Calves?

Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:27 am
by Rafter S
One thing I don't believe anyone has mentioned: you should probably turn those Jersey bull calves into Jersey steer calves.

Re: Any money in Jersey Bull Calves?

Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:30 am
by cowboy43
I do not know of any restaurant that will buy meat from an individual. Too many health factors.

Re: Any money in Jersey Bull Calves?

Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:56 am
by OwnedByTheCow
There is a butcher in my area that will slaughter animals then in their refrigerated truck bring them to where you need them to go.

Re: Any money in Jersey Bull Calves?

Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:49 am
by Muddy
OwnedByTheCow wrote:Raise them to 6 months. Talk to a local restaurant, like one of those not chain restaurants and you will have a very tender meat. Save one for yourself too!

Problem is that many Jersey cuts are smaller than the average beef cut. This isn't first time for someone who tried selling Jersey beef to restaurants.