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Best cash flow for cattle

Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:29 pm
by trin
Wanting to get you folks opinion. If you have 36 acres what would be the best way to make money in cattle? Would it be beef cows, using buses cows, or raising feeder calved? All input is needed thank you!

Re: Best cash flow for cattle

Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:46 pm
by Workinonit Farm
Not trying to be a wise-a$$, but what are "buses cows"?

Re: Best cash flow for cattle

Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:08 pm
by Cucumber35
If there was a 'best way' to make money in cattle, everybody would be doing that. In fact if making money period in cattle were easy, everybody would be doing it. Not trying to be a smarta$$ but I don't see how anybody can honestly answer your question. Too many variables for one, what kind of resources and facilities are you working with besides the 36 acres? Which isn't much by the way if you are looking to make much more than beer money.

Re: Best cash flow for cattle

Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:31 pm
by kd4au
One of the things about the cattle bis. is there are a lot of ways to be in it,mostly you need to do what suits you the best.

Re: Best cash flow for cattle

Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:57 pm
by Bigfoot
I've always thought, if I just had a few acres, I'd buy short bred cows, and keep em till they calved.

Re: Best cash flow for cattle

Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:29 pm
by farmerjan
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Workinonit Farm wrote:Not trying to be a wise-a$$, but what are "buses cows"?

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Re: Best cash flow for cattle

Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:48 pm
by Brute 23
Nurse cows?

I have not done this but I was thinking the other day if I had a small place i would buy 4 or 5 really good papered females. I would AI them to good bulls and sell them private treaty for breeding and/or show animals.

Re: Best cash flow for cattle

Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:26 pm
by trin
Workinonit Farm wrote:Not trying to be a wise-a$$, but what are "buses cows"?

Nurse cows. Sorry bout that.

Re: Best cash flow for cattle

Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:09 am
by M-5
I know a guy that does pretty good , buying culls from barn in spring pits them on millet all summer sells in fall. Most are bred so he takes calves and gets them to 4 to 500 then sells them. He told last week he doubled his money after expenses , I think that's stretching it some but I think he does pretty good on it.

Re: Best cash flow for cattle

Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:42 am
by TennesseeTuxedo
M-5 wrote:I know a guy that does pretty good , buying culls from barn in spring pits them on millet all summer sells in fall. Most are bred so he takes calves and gets them to 4 to 500 then sells them. He told last week he doubled his money after expenses , I think that's stretching it some but I think he does pretty good on it.


Any system that eliminates producing or buying hay to get through the winter sounds enticing to me at this point.

Re: Best cash flow for cattle

Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:42 am
by TennesseeTuxedo
Brute 23 wrote:Nurse cows?

I have not done this but I was thinking the other day if I had a small place i would buy 4 or 5 really good papered females. I would AI them to good bulls and sell them private treaty for breeding and/or show animals.


Good suggestion.

Re: Best cash flow for cattle

Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:47 am
by Craig Miller
Bigfoot wrote:I've always thought, if I just had a few acres, I'd buy short bred cows, and keep em till they calved.


Over the spring/summer/fall so you don't have to buy hay or hay equipment.

Re: Best cash flow for cattle

Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:11 am
by RanchMan90
trin wrote:Wanting to get you folks opinion. If you have 36 acres what would be the best way to make money in cattle? Would it be beef cows, using buses cows, or raising feeder calved? All input is needed thank you!

How much of your acreage is grazeable? How much risk are you comfortable with? Grazing 2 wt calves to 4 wts looks pretty good right now being that they bring the same per lb selling as buying them. Some of my customers having been keeping them 10 months til they're 7 wts and grossing $1.50 per head per day on minimal feed. Don't need to keep a cow around to nurse them either. :2cents:

Re: Best cash flow for cattle

Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:50 am
by BC
I used to plant rye and overseed with ryegrass. Bought no mouth pairs in December. Word of advice, sell the cows by tax day (April 15). Schools about out and school lunch program stops. You could graze the calves until end of May. If I were to do this again, I would throw crabgrass seed in with ryegrass. Noble Foundation did this and you could graze a set of yearlings in the summer before time to plant rye and ryegrass again. The disking in the fall helps plant the crabgrass for next summer.

Re: Best cash flow for cattle

Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:21 pm
by NonTypicalCPA
Brute 23 wrote:Nurse cows?

I have not done this but I was thinking the other day if I had a small place i would buy 4 or 5 really good papered females. I would AI them to good bulls and sell them private treaty for breeding and/or show animals.


This is exactly what I'm doing. Four registered Beltie cows, but I also bought a nice registered bull instead of AI. Calves at 12 months selling for $2,000 to $2,500 on the low/middle end. I'm only on 15 acres.





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