I'm new to the forum. I live in northern Nevada and I'm looking into getting a few angus steers. I was wondering what I need to do for shots and everything to keep the critters healthy. What's my first steps?
Welcome to the forum from Northern CA. We spend a great deal of time hunting in NV.
Contact a local large animal vet and they will give you a list of what is need for your area. With steers it's a bit different than cows because they obviously won't be breeding
Think about what size your wanting to purchase.
Whatever you buy may come with a herd health program already depending on where they come from.
If your thinking about buying from the auction it's a different ball game. Buyer beware. It's like a hospital. Every disease can be on the grounds and exposing the animals to it.
Do you have a chute set up yet? It's very important you have a way to doctor your cattle and provide a safe environment to work for you, your vet and your livestock when you don't/can't haul to him/her.
To often we hear about "I can't doctor him/her or provide preventative medicine (ie vacs, wormer etc) because I have no way to contain them."
It's your responsibility to be able to take care of your animals. Sounds like your already trying to do that by asking and doing research.
Think about how you can load the cattle if needed also.
Thank you very much for the reply. We do have ways to contain them so that won't be an issue. We are buying from a family friend so it sounds like a local vet is a good place to start. I do have a question in how long to keep the steers before we choose to do anything with them. I would like to sell them in the future to gain a profit. Any ideas on any of this? Again, thank you for helping me out.
Find out what herd health program the family friend has. Write it down and take that with you to a local vet. The vet will be able to work with you based on that program as to what will need to be done. Could be as simple as wormer and boosters.
You'll need to decide how you want to sell them. Private party will be different from auction setting. Go to a couple auctions and see what weight brings the best price. Around here the butcher weight steers are cheaper than 600-800 pounders. So we market our auction steers between the 6-8 weight.