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Buying on the hoof

Post by AllDodge » Wed May 13, 2020 6:44 pm

Been a while since last here but your last words have been rolling around in my head.

Not going to raise for consumption right now, figure I would try to buy on the hoof and have it processed. Remember from last post that Angus has the name, but Wagyu and Jersey is better. Or at least that is how I took it

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Have looked on CL at Jersey Heifer but some of these sure look skinny. They are probably old and should pass, but don't know
https://nashville.craigslist.org/grd/d/ ... 87310.html

And my guess is don't want an 8 year old one
Then there was the Wagyu which showed some beef and its a 1/3 fat by the looks
https://bgky.craigslist.org/grd/d/elk-h ... 85440.html



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Re: Buying on the hoof

Post by Dave » Wed May 13, 2020 6:52 pm

Breed of the cattle is not nearly as important as how it has been fed.

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Re: Buying on the hoof

Post by Bcompton53 » Wed May 13, 2020 7:00 pm

Jersey has good fat and marbling, but tiny steaks and the fat is kind of yellow colored, which some folks dislike! Angus is great! No experience with wagyu.

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Re: Buying on the hoof

Post by Rafter S » Wed May 13, 2020 7:36 pm

Dave is right.
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Re: Buying on the hoof

Post by bird dog » Wed May 13, 2020 8:47 pm

I have a Jersey steer in the freezer processed in December. They show up regularly at the sale barns around here and are usually pretty cheap. Mine was 700 lbs at .66 lb. I fed him out to around 1000 lbs on a high fat feed and he was also on pasture.

The meat turned out great. As mentioned in the previous topic the steaks are on the small side but tender. The burger is excellent. The butcher I used cuts the flanks into Fajita meat and marinates it. All in all very pleased.

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Re: Buying on the hoof

Post by Stickney94 » Thu May 14, 2020 1:39 pm

If you find wagyu you are likely to have to pay considerably more for the beef.

Find a decent looking angus that has been fed well and enjoy the steaks.

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Re: Buying on the hoof

Post by Nesikep » Thu May 14, 2020 2:38 pm

Here's the last few I put in the freezer

950 lbs hanging, 650 in the freezer
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800 hanging, 500 in the freezer
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Can't remember the hanging weight, was about 600 in the freezer though... He pizzed me off by breaking fence the week before and the butcher had an opening.. sucked to be him!
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I've got another going in a few months after he fattens up on grass, butchering will be around 28-30 months old, grassfed... I only keep steers that are big fat lazybones types, they gain better, fatten nicer and they're nice and tender since they don't get worked up about anything
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Re: Buying on the hoof

Post by AllDodge » Thu May 14, 2020 5:14 pm

I need to figure out how to be notified when folks post. Every forum is different so will figure it out.

Figuring if I'm buying a whole cow, stakes are not that much. Do like a good one but there is a lot more meat with the rest.

Probably won't go with wagyu because of the cost

Thanks for your thoughts

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Re: Buying on the hoof

Post by Ky hills » Fri May 15, 2020 3:24 pm

I agree with the others that say the feed and finishing is more important than the breed. We have had an Angus processed that was very good, but no better than the 2 Herefords that we have had. The last calf we finished out was a Hereford heifer that I fed mainly shelled corn, best tasting meat of all of them.

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Re: Buying on the hoof

Post by Splash » Sun May 17, 2020 7:47 am

I think breed sometimes has a little to do with it. Some breeds are rangier than others. longhorns for instance. Leaner by genetics. Meat tastes and cooks differently. Not bad, just different. I do believe Finishing is the most influencing factor though. Funny, contrary to auction price indicators, my red cows taste every bit as good as my black cows! Hense the black ones get sold and the red ones butchered when needed. I do have a longhorn /brangus cross steer that I will butcher later this year. He looks great and I'm looking forward to seeing how he tastes.

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