Beef Cattle

This category is for information related to beef cows.

  • Buying a Side of Beef--Part 3:How Much Meat Will You Get

    Buying beef from a local farmer is an economical way to get high-quality meat for your family. When people ask about buying meat from us, they often ask how much meat they will get from a half a cow. We can answer in pounds of meat, but most of the time what they are really asking is "How many roasts/ steaks/ pounds of ground beef will I be getting." That question is really hard to answer because it all depends on how you want your meat cut. If you choose to have your steaks cut one and a...
  • Tips for Improving Your Beef Herd-Pregnancy Checking

    We artificially inseminated our herd in December and January. There have been a few stragglers that were bred in February, and it\'s almost time to start pregnancy checking our cows once again. Since we have a fall calving herd, one very important task is the annual spring pregnancy check. It\'s not something I really look forward to because the work is hard, it takes much of the day, and sometimes the cows act crazy, but it is an important part of our herd assessment. Checking for Open...
  • Tips for Improving Your Beef Herd-Culling Cows

    If you want a better beef herd, you can\'t keep just any old cow. Culling cows will greatly increase the efficiency of your herd because you can replace a poorly performing cow with a better cow. There are several criteria that influence the decision to cull. Pregnancy Status-Fertility First and foremost, you should cull cows that are not giving you calves reliably. As cows age, they usually are less fertile. Once a cow reaches the age of 12 or 14, she may not be as likely to breed back...
  • Beef Cattle Body Condition Scoring

    BCS is more than just an acronym for an important football game. For farmers, BCS stands for Body Condition Scoring. Using this tool to periodically evaluate your beef cows can tell you about the health of your herd. By checking out the body condition of your cows and adjusting the diets of your animals, you can make wise decisions about breeding. Why Judge Body Condition? Research has shown that cows who are in excellent body condition will breed on time, have healthier calves and more...
  • Buying a Side of Beef: Part 1 Terminology

    Perhaps you're raising a steer for meat, or maybe you are considering buying a side of beef from a farmer. Before you go to the butcher or hand that farmer a check, you probably should familiarize yourself with some basic terminology that you will hear when you buy a side of beef. Live Weight This is exactly what it sounds like. This is the weight of the animal on the hoof. This number includes the weight of the hide, hooves, heat, and organs. Side of Beef When a steer is taken to the...
  1. Tips for Improving Your Beef Herd-Culling Cows

    If you want a better beef herd, you can\'t keep just any old cow. Culling cows will greatly increase the efficiency of your herd because you can replace a poorly performing cow with a better cow. There are several criteria that influence the decision to cull. Pregnancy Status-Fertility First and foremost, you should cull cows that are not giving you calves reliably. As cows age, they usually are less fertile. Once a cow reaches the age of 12 or 14, she may not be as likely to breed back...
  2. Tips for Improving Your Beef Herd-Pregnancy Checking

    We artificially inseminated our herd in December and January. There have been a few stragglers that were bred in February, and it\'s almost time to start pregnancy checking our cows once again. Since we have a fall calving herd, one very important task is the annual spring pregnancy check. It\'s not something I really look forward to because the work is hard, it takes much of the day, and sometimes the cows act crazy, but it is an important part of our herd assessment. Checking for Open...
  3. Buying a Side of Beef--Part 3:How Much Meat Will You Get

    Buying beef from a local farmer is an economical way to get high-quality meat for your family. When people ask about buying meat from us, they often ask how much meat they will get from a half a cow. We can answer in pounds of meat, but most of the time what they are really asking is "How many roasts/ steaks/ pounds of ground beef will I be getting." That question is really hard to answer because it all depends on how you want your meat cut. If you choose to have your steaks cut one and a...
  4. Buying a Side of Beef: Part 2-The Cost

    Many people have considered packing a freezer with a side of beef from a local farmer. If you\'ve never done this before, you probably have some questions. When we sell to a \"first timer\" they usually have quite a few questions. The first question that they usually ask is \"How much will it cost?\" Price Per Pound This can vary widely depending on how much beef is selling for at the time. Often, the farmer will give you a price per pound. Usually, a farmer will look at the price that...
  5. Buying a Side of Beef: Part 1 Terminology

    Perhaps you're raising a steer for meat, or maybe you are considering buying a side of beef from a farmer. Before you go to the butcher or hand that farmer a check, you probably should familiarize yourself with some basic terminology that you will hear when you buy a side of beef. Live Weight This is exactly what it sounds like. This is the weight of the animal on the hoof. This number includes the weight of the hide, hooves, heat, and organs. Side of Beef When a steer is taken to the...
  6. Which Type of Beef Operation Do You Want?

    If you are considering raising beef cattle, you may think that you will have to buy a bunch of cows and a bull and learn all about bovine reproduction. You may believe that you'll need to buy hay equipment, lots of land, barns, and other things. Of course, that is one way to get into the cattle business. However, you can raise cattle without ever having a cow give birth on your farm. In the United States, cattle operations usually fall into one of four categories. 1. Cow-calf operations...
  7. Beef Cattle Body Condition Scoring

    BCS is more than just an acronym for an important football game. For farmers, BCS stands for Body Condition Scoring. Using this tool to periodically evaluate your beef cows can tell you about the health of your herd. By checking out the body condition of your cows and adjusting the diets of your animals, you can make wise decisions about breeding. Why Judge Body Condition? Research has shown that cows who are in excellent body condition will breed on time, have healthier calves and more...
  8. Beef Breeds-Black Angus

    When you are deciding which breed of beef cow you should start with, you should first find out some facts about the breed. Learning about the breed will give you some important information about what you can expect from that animal. Of course, in every breed there is some variation among individual animals, but knowing the general overall characteristics of that breed can help you make the best choice for your farm. The most popular breed of cattle in the United States, Black Angus cattle...
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