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.
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?
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.
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?
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