Best breed for Beginners?

Discussion in 'Beef Cattle Discussion' started by BrentnTX, Oct 9, 2013.

  1. BrentnTX

    BrentnTX New Member

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    I have 10 acres and am just getting started in cattle.

    Any suggestion on which breed I should go with?
     
  2. Flywheel

    Flywheel New Member

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    I would recommend Angus. Find a purebred.
     

  3. cattle

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    From what I've read Angus are the go to for beginners.
     
  4. hazelfieldherd

    hazelfieldherd New Member

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    I have 15 acres here in Ireland and started with Dexter cattle this time one year ago (1 in-calf cow with heifer calf at foot & 2 bullocks). As a novice we find their size makes them very easy to handle for dosing, scanning etc.. I halter trained the heifer in readiness for hand milking. They've done very well on my 'poorer' upland grass (I don't use any artificial fertilizer). We tried Dexter beef before we started & it is second to none! Try some! Our 1st beef is now hanging in the butcher's cold room, only 18 days to go! I found a good book for a beginner 'Small Cattle for Small Farms' by Margo Hayes.;)
     
  5. cattle

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    Do you have any pictures of your farm?
     
  6. Flywheel

    Flywheel New Member

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    Brent have you started looking for your cattle?
     
  7. ecamplair

    ecamplair New Member

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    I've been doing allot of research and I'd recommend Lincoln red cattle. There like red Angus, are suppose to finish on grass n water. There suppose to be extremely quiet and good milkers.

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  8. colliverj

    colliverj New Member

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    To me it depends on the person and what they want to do with the cattle


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  9. Krooked_S

    Krooked_S New Member

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    If you want fast growing cattle go with the braunvieh


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  10. farm_boy_7610

    farm_boy_7610 New Member

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    I would recommend red and/or black angus. On our farm we run both and find them well worth having.
     
  11. cattle

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    Why do you like angus?
     
  12. Alice

    Alice New Member

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    Hello, I'm new to this cattle thinking and am trying to find out what would be best to start with.

    My father in law had cattle that looked like this type of cow. Do you know what type it is and would it be easy for a beginner? I just remember him confining it and feeding it corn and grains for the last 30 or 60 days before turning it into wonderful roasts and steaks.
     

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  13. Krooked_S

    Krooked_S New Member

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    Hereford and they are usually docile and grow quickly and big
     
  14. Alice

    Alice New Member

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    Thanks for the information Krooked_S

    What would be the best advice you could give me about having that type of cow? Would it be best to get a young adult type cow or a baby cow. Do you have to have more than one, or is one okay to have?
     
  15. jbcreech

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    Choose cattle that fit your environment. By environment I mean weather, forages available, etc. Look around your area to see what works best there.
     
  16. Krooked_S

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    Usually all animals do better with more than one and yes research your area
     
  17. bvanderwege

    bvanderwege New Member

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    We raise purebred Herefords at the the ranch where I work and we get along pretty well with them. They're more docile than angus.
     
  18. marquiseb

    marquiseb New Member

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    We have Red Angus (fairly large, fairly docile, excellent quality beef) Hereford (extremely docile, very good quality beef) my neighbour has Simmental (very high headed but good mothers) Limousin (quite aggressive but excellent parents) I have one Murray Grey (extremely docile but very very large animals that eat alot, and excellent quality beef). I find the Herefords the toughest in inclement weather, the Murray Grey hates poor weather.
     
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  19. Alice

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    I will have to research for N. AL/S Central TN area of the country. I know FIL was about 45 minutes south of Nashville, so pretty much the same type of weather. I just know he had the best roasts and hamburgers and steaks! :)

    Do you think about 40 miles difference will make a huge change in what is acceptable for the type of cattle?
     
  20. ElleAnnFFAlover

    ElleAnnFFAlover New Member

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    Hereford are very friendly and are great mothers.