RAISING BEEF CATTLE ON A FEW ACRES

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Re: RAISING BEEF CATTLE ON A FEW ACRES

Post by Ranch7DK » Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:09 pm

We only have a few cares too. (15) You will need to choose a breed that will bring you the most bang ($$) per head. You will need quality over quantity. Your input on feed and such should be the same, if you want to care for them properly. Intiial star-up will be higher, but (imo) I believe you will benefit with having a $3500-$4500 animal to sell over a 1500-2500.
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Re: RAISING BEEF CATTLE ON A FEW ACRES

Post by CreekAngus » Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:14 pm

Ranch7DK wrote:
Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:09 pm
We only have a few cares too. (15) You will need to choose a breed that will bring you the most bang ($$) per head. You will need quality over quantity. Your input on feed and such should be the same, if you want to care for them properly. Intiial star-up will be higher, but (imo) I believe you will benefit with having a $3500-$4500 animal to sell over a 1500-2500.
Couldn't agree more. Also when running a small herd and going for the bigger bang, you can justify some of the higher costs. It costs you the same to raise 500lb steers to weening as it does to raise registered (name your breed) to weening. Hence it cost the same to raise raggedy heifers to replacements as it does to raise great heifers to replacement. For us small fries, our inputs when averaged out will always cost more, so you might as well put it in the highest return you can get.
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Re: RAISING BEEF CATTLE ON A FEW ACRES

Post by darcelina4 » Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:12 am

I just want to say that just because they are registered does not mean they are high quality. Commercial can be very high quality or low also. I have too many animals on my 10 acres in Oklahoma but I feed hay year round. I'm growing my herd and then plan later to move to a bigger property. I think part of farming on a small acreage success depends on you finding a niche that works for you. I start out with bottle calves. I raise lots. I don't raise a bunch of dairy bulls. I raise some dairy (raise my own nurse cows) and mostly beef calves. I have many breeds of cattle right now. There are good cattle in every breed and bad ones too. I have a 16 year old daughter that shows cattle and horses. She is a tough wrangler. Every cow we have gets halter broke. We have a little niche market selling halter broke very tame gentle calves to families for 1st time showmen and young cows to people for backyard family cows. We also sells culls as feeders at the salebarn or to individuals to feed out in their back yard. People new to cattle like to buy calves that are healthy, vaccinated, and that they can handle. We are slowly growing our herd and our business. My daughter plans on taking an AI course so she can free lance as a tech while she goes to college. She plans on raising cattle on a much bigger scale in the future.

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