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Cattle Land 50 acres

Postby Bfields30 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:19 pm

So i have 50 acres to start off with from my fiances grandmother going to let me put cows on whenever i decide to purchase them my only concern is they I dont have catch pens or a corral. I wont be at this place forever so what type of corral should i build or should get a movable one. Also as well how many cattle should i start off with on the place I was think 3-4 bred mommas or get pairs in march or april of this yr. The 50 acres is like 10-15 up close to my house and on the side of it and the rest are behind my house theres 4 gates that I could control them being in grazing wise if I needed to. Theres a stream that runs through the land that stays flowing through summer and winter and spring time. My thoughts were buying two water troughs and just run the hose to them since the closest pasture is maybe 20 yards from it. Looking forward to getting into cattle as a hobby for now and in a few yrs get bigger. Any advice will help and let me know if I am missing anything that they will need. Lastly on 3-4 cows plus babies what would yrly expenses be on a avg if you had to estimate.
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Re: Cattle Land 50 acres

Postby Supa Dexta » Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:31 pm

6 or 8 12 foot panels is all you need to deal with that amount of space.

Brahmas, long horns and odd coloured sims seem to be well liked around here, so maybe those? Or a combo of them.
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Re: Cattle Land 50 acres

Postby Bfields30 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:33 pm

Supa Dexta wrote:6 or 8 12 foot panels is all you need to deal with that.

Would tractor supply have them??trying to get the best for best price ?
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Re: Cattle Land 50 acres

Postby Farm Fence Solutions » Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:44 pm

Where is this 50 acres located?
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Re: Cattle Land 50 acres

Postby Bfields30 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:50 pm

Farm Fence Solutions wrote:Where is this 50 acres located?
Winnsboro Tx hr from Tyler tx
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Re: Cattle Land 50 acres

Postby ChrisB » Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:02 pm

I built a "temporary" catch pen at a long term rental place to load cows out. It is 7' T-posts with 6 or 7 strands of barb wire on 3 sides and a wood fence built from 2 x 10's and RR ties on the 4th. I haul over some panels and line up along the wood fence. I've been using it for 10 years now with no problems, but still get a little nervous every year just waiting for a cow to try going over or through the wire fence.
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Postby Baydog » Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:19 pm

Check with Hootens Hardware in Emory Tx. They have some pretty decent panels at good prices. They have a website you can check out.
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Re: Cattle Land 50 acres

Postby Bfields30 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:32 pm

Baydog wrote:Check with Hootens Hardware in Emory Tx. They have some pretty decent panels at good prices. They have a website you can check out.

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Re: Cattle Land 50 acres

Postby SchenkAngusFarm » Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:42 pm

Make sure you have a good chute. At some point you are going to need to work those cattle and it is tough without a chute.
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Re: Cattle Land 50 acres

Postby Bfields30 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:18 pm

SchenkAngusFarm wrote:Make sure you have a good chute. At some point you are going to need to work those cattle and it is tough without a chute.
can you throw out any suggestions of brands ?
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Re: Cattle Land 50 acres

Postby Farm Fence Solutions » Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:25 pm

So far, you've spent the first 38 years of "profit" on 4 cows. :D If this is just for fun, and money isn't any issue, go for all the fancy business. If not, it's pretty easy to build a catch pen and a head gate that'll suit your needs just fine.


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Re: Cattle Land 50 acres

Postby Craig Miller » Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:45 pm

The prefiert place is only a half hour from you
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Re: Cattle Land 50 acres

Postby Bullitt » Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:13 pm

Bfields30 wrote:So i have 50 acres to start off with from my fiances grandmother going to let me put cows on whenever i decide to purchase them my only concern is they I dont have catch pens or a corral. I wont be at this place forever so what type of corral should i build or should get a movable one. Also as well how many cattle should i start off with on the place I was think 3-4 bred mommas or get pairs in march or april of this yr. The 50 acres is like 10-15 up close to my house and on the side of it and the rest are behind my house theres 4 gates that I could control them being in grazing wise if I needed to. Theres a stream that runs through the land that stays flowing through summer and winter and spring time. My thoughts were buying two water troughs and just run the hose to them since the closest pasture is maybe 20 yards from it. Looking forward to getting into cattle as a hobby for now and in a few yrs get bigger. Any advice will help and let me know if I am missing anything that they will need. Lastly on 3-4 cows plus babies what would yrly expenses be on a avg if you had to estimate.


I suggest you look on Craigslist for used cattle panels that you can build a pen with. When you move, you take the cattle panels with you. You may also find a used headgate for sale. But if you are just working a few calves, two people and some rope works fine. Calves are easier to handle when they are small, of course.

Do you plan to bale hay or purchase hay to feed the cattle in the winter? It makes a difference on how many acres of available pasture you have for cattle grazing.

Can you buy as many cattle as you like, or are you on a budget?
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Re: Cattle Land 50 acres

Postby Caustic Burno » Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:23 pm

SchenkAngusFarm wrote:Make sure you have a good chute. At some point you are going to need to work those cattle and it is tough without a chute.


+1

Sooner or later your going to have to doctor or vaccinate.
Doesn’t matter if you have 5 or 100 you still need a good chute and headgate.
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Re: Cattle Land 50 acres

Postby bird dog » Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:09 pm

Craig is correct. Go visit the priefert plant where they have their scratch and dent stuff. I would get a couple of their heavier panels and bolt on a head gate. You can also use this for your load out. Is there not a pond on the place or can they not drink from the stream. Cows drink quite a bit in the summer so unless your on a well, it can add up.
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