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Old 03-20-2016, 05:32 AM   #1
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Default 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

2) cow/calf

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?



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Old 03-28-2016, 09:07 PM   #2
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I'm interested to see the responses that you get. We just bought 70 acres northeast of Dallas and are looking to start raising beef cattle later this year or next year. With full time jobs off the ranch we will have our hands full with whatever we choose but I'm thinking about buying some older pairs, maybe 3 in 1's if I can find them to start and we will go from there.

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Old 03-31-2016, 04:40 PM   #3
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With cow calf operations u have easier chance of losing calves at earlier stages of life so buying older steers they will be less vulnerable. Idk what steers are like to handle guess it depends on the animal but cows are protective of calves. For the amount of head ur getting I would say get steers less work and easier to make a profit on small amounts of land i think any wasys
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Old 07-21-2016, 05:28 PM   #5
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I'm new into the cattle industry and was wondering if any of you had any tips while starting out on ways to maximize the profit out of my heifers other than just calving them out? Or is that about it
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