Cost of cows vs buying calves

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Re: Cost of cows vs buying calves

Post by Haberdashery » Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:42 pm

Yeah I also recommend you just sell your cows and bull.

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Re: Cost of cows vs buying calves

Post by Bestoutwest » Sat Feb 15, 2020 11:01 am

It depends. I have a friend that was buying steers for $1K/head then turning them into freezer beef for $4/lb hanging. At 700 lbs he was making $1800/head for 12 months worth of work. He was doing 3 or 4 head a year. I was talking to him about getting cows b/c he could buy cows at $1500/head, keep the calves and if he had to sell the cows for hamburger AND still make money. It all depends on what you want to do. We have the cows AND freezer beef. I could run more calves if I got rid of the cows, but I'm not sure that I'd make enough money per head to justify it. Also, I really enjoy having the calves and playing with the genetics. I'm never going to get rich off of this, so I do what makes me happy. It's my hobby.
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