Cow/calf vs. Stocker Operation?
As a newbie we have plans on starting my first small herd, probably 5-10 beef head of angus at most, to begin with. My family recently purchased 80 acreas in northern TX. I'm trying to decide if I should go with:
1) stocker, buying/replacing steers only
3) combination of both
Doing much research, I'm finding pros/cons with both stocker and cow/calf, regarding health risks, etc. I would prefer to just work with steers, because the cow/calf operation sounds so much more involved working with new calves, AI, etc, yet many say the financial profits are better.
This is obviously a huge time and financial investment. Our land and new barbed fencing is paid for, so now I'm ready to purchase a squeeze shoot and crowd alley setup, a few additional implements, and then buy some head at our local auction.
What is the most common or best operation to pursue folks, steers or cow/calf?