Beginning with Cattle

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  • Things to Consider When Buying Cattle for the First Time

    When you are deciding which breed of cattle you should start out farming with, you should consider several things. 1. Beef or Dairy? Of course, you can slaughter any breed of cattle and get a decent side of beef. However, if you plan on selling your animals, keep in mind that a beef animal will gain weight more quickly on less feed than a dairy animal. Another thing to remember is that a female dairy breed, like a Holstein, may give much more milk than her baby can drink. If you don't go...
  • Month old calf not eating

    This is our second cow we bought. Just starting out. We just purchased a month old Angus bull calf that was 3 weeks premature. He has never learned to suck from a nipple and has been eating out of a bucket. They were giving him moms milk. They fed him last night around 6pm before we took him home. This morningwe tried giving him milk replacer and he isn't drinking it at all or acting hungry. He is peeing a lot for a long period of time. Is this normal since he was just taken from his mom? Is...
  • Things to Buy to Take Care of New Calves

    You may believe that you have plenty of time before your cow gives birth, but it's better to be ready early. Your cow could give birth a few weeks before her calculated due date, so don't put off equipping yourself for birthings. Before your cows calve this year, have these things on hand to be prepared to take care of the calf. 1. Colostrum First choice is colostrum from the calf's own mother. However, some mother cows are not about to stand there and allow you to milk colostrum from...
  • Tips for Beginning Cattle Farmers

    Do you have the dream of starting your own cattle farm? Our family started farming over twelve years ago. I've talked to plenty of people, both beginners and experienced farmers. I've also read lots of books about getting started in farming. Here are a few tips for the novice farmer. 1. Stay out of debt. Debt will cripple your farm quicker than you can say "interest payment." Do all that you can to live a debt-free lifestyle, both for the farm and for your personal life. Save up and pay a...
  • hi everyone

    hello, my name is ej and im a youngin (19), though i have for the past few years felt a real pull and passion for making my own homestead. i would like to have a cow or two on the property and i was just wanting some advice about how i should go about it. i have many different questions if someone would be willing to lend me some of their time to give me a hand. i am not going into this light hearted, i am willing to put in the work and effort needed. thank you so much in advance, i cant...
  1. hi everyone

    hello, my name is ej and im a youngin (19), though i have for the past few years felt a real pull and passion for making my own homestead. i would like to have a cow or two on the property and i was just wanting some advice about how i should go about it. i have many different questions if someone would be willing to lend me some of their time to give me a hand. i am not going into this light hearted, i am willing to put in the work and effort needed. thank you so much in advance, i cant...
  2. Month old calf not eating

    This is our second cow we bought. Just starting out. We just purchased a month old Angus bull calf that was 3 weeks premature. He has never learned to suck from a nipple and has been eating out of a bucket. They were giving him moms milk. They fed him last night around 6pm before we took him home. This morningwe tried giving him milk replacer and he isn't drinking it at all or acting hungry. He is peeing a lot for a long period of time. Is this normal since he was just taken from his mom? Is...
  3. Tips for Beginning Cattle Farmers

    Do you have the dream of starting your own cattle farm? Our family started farming over twelve years ago. I've talked to plenty of people, both beginners and experienced farmers. I've also read lots of books about getting started in farming. Here are a few tips for the novice farmer. 1. Stay out of debt. Debt will cripple your farm quicker than you can say "interest payment." Do all that you can to live a debt-free lifestyle, both for the farm and for your personal life. Save up and pay a...
  4. Things to Consider When Buying Cattle for the First Time

    When you are deciding which breed of cattle you should start out farming with, you should consider several things. 1. Beef or Dairy? Of course, you can slaughter any breed of cattle and get a decent side of beef. However, if you plan on selling your animals, keep in mind that a beef animal will gain weight more quickly on less feed than a dairy animal. Another thing to remember is that a female dairy breed, like a Holstein, may give much more milk than her baby can drink. If you don't go...
  5. Things to Buy to Take Care of New Calves

    You may believe that you have plenty of time before your cow gives birth, but it's better to be ready early. Your cow could give birth a few weeks before her calculated due date, so don't put off equipping yourself for birthings. Before your cows calve this year, have these things on hand to be prepared to take care of the calf. 1. Colostrum First choice is colostrum from the calf's own mother. However, some mother cows are not about to stand there and allow you to milk colostrum from...
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