Should I Breed?

Discussion in 'Breeding and Calving' started by BrentnTX, Oct 9, 2013.

  1. BrentnTX

    BrentnTX New Member

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    I would like a couple of cattle a year to keep my freezer stocked. Should I breed cattle, or just buy one or two a year and fatten them up?
     
  2. SuzyDaniels

    SuzyDaniels New Member

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    I don't know what your setup is like, but it would be easier to just buy them and keep them than breeding them. In the long run it will be cheaper to breed, but buying a couple is a good start.
     

  3. Flywheel

    Flywheel New Member

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    How many acres are you on?
     
  4. Haresteads_Bull_Beef

    Haresteads_Bull_Beef New Member

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    Generally if you are keeping less than 20 cows then breeding can be a bit of a pain because of servicing and such like. It really depends on what is available to you (whether you can take your cows to a neighbour for service at all). And in the long run it may be cheaper to buy calves or stirks and not have to worry about feeding a cow for the winter months when she is dry.
     
  5. DoubleR

    DoubleR Repro Lover

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    Quite a few of my clients buy 2 steers and raise them. During raising they find buyers for the other steer by the half or whole. When alls said and done they practically get a freezer full of beef for free (cost wise). If you have the land that might be worth while maybe?
     
  6. flatbroke

    flatbroke New Member

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    Just get two high quality steers and have fun in the cattle business. To own a cow to make beef will just be to much hassle. You could buy a couple of short term bred cows and keep the calves but that is crap shoot on what the calves will be like.
     
  7. cardew

    cardew New Member

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    I have a question for you dairy experts out there, I want to start a dairy farm to produce milk and products from it.
    What is better, to get heifers and finish raising them, or to buy cows ready to breed?
    What is price wise more convenient?
     
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  8. brahman

    brahman New Member

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    I will tell u one thing about buying milk heifers hardly have a bag to milk out also the heifers may have calving problems I would by 3yr old cows right now milk cows are kinda pricy but not like beef pricy