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    08-15-2012, 05:24 PM
I like herefords.....but rarely see them here.

Since you all know so much about cattle, what is the best age to buy them for fattening? I figure too small, I.e. Still needing milk seems very labor-intensive. And I'll be the one having to feed them ....nononono

And where would we find them, directly at the dairies? Any "best time of the year"? I figure dairies have calves constantly, and since we really don't have winter here it's even more likely?
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    08-15-2012, 05:29 PM
Dairy calves are usually weaned at 8 weeks. Actually, in bigger operations they're taken from their mothers very soon after birth, and given colustrum and milk replacer until they're weaned. Momma is for milk, not nursing a calf.

So if you want Holstein bull calves that are already on solid food, 8 weeks seems to be the general time period.

Your best bet is to find the local cattle auction, unless you can find a dairy operation willing to sell right from the property.

The beef and dairy cattle around here give birth all year round, but less in the colder months. Just makes sense not to breed for a winter birth, unless the babies will be born indoors and kept warm.
    08-15-2012, 05:49 PM
Thanks, guys, you helped a lot!
Guess we will be hitting the auctions now, to see what's going on and stop by our dairy neighbors for a chat

But I'm pretty sure I'll have more questions later, so if I may pick your grains again.......
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    08-23-2012, 02:13 AM
You mentioned that the barn was in need of repair; are there any construction or architectural schools/college programs in your area? You could contact an instructor and see about having them use it as a class project. They'd be getting experience and you'd be getting free labor! :)
    08-23-2012, 12:59 PM
Originally Posted by stephshark    
You mentioned that the barn was in need of repair; are there any construction or architectural schools/college programs in your area? You could contact an instructor and see about having them use it as a class project. They'd be getting experience and you'd be getting free labor! :)
That is a WONDERFUL idea.....Thank You
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    08-23-2012, 07:56 PM
Green Broke
Here's how to make money on horses. Sell all your horses, tack, trailer and pickup then stick the money in a savings accounts. Don't touch that money until you retire and you'll be 10's of thousands of dollars ahead of where you would be if you kept those horses.

Cows are a very good idea. I would suggest angus or jersey, both are calm breeds and produce pretty darn tasty meat. I'm a huge grass fed fan, tastes much better than corn fed to me. Here's a tip, get one cow that's young enough to bottle feed. Raise her, halter break her and teach her to be handled and led. Keep working with her all the time so she doesn't lose that trust of humans. Now when you want to move the cows you go slap a halter and lead on her and take off. Generally the rest of the herd will follow.
    08-23-2012, 09:17 PM
Darrin, as of now you couldn't even give away horses around here....unless it's highly trained show horses. I keep saying: we used to have we have horses

Good idea with the leader cow, tho. But seeing neighbor's Holsteins im not so sure it would work...there are some really independent thinkers in that herd

Jerseys? I was under the impression its a high speed milk breed...very good milk at they actually gain enough????
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    08-23-2012, 09:30 PM
Green Broke
They do gain but probably not as much as angus. What they do have is a naturally lean, low in cholestrol meat that is **** good. We raised them for ourselves and family/friends who loved to buy from us.
    08-23-2012, 10:21 PM
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We have a small farm, currently we raise pigs, cows, turkeys and chickens for eggs. We have Angus cows, went to the local auction and picked up 2 healthy but quite thin cows (steer and heifer) so they were dirt cheap.

Then.... we made friends with a guy who owns 5 Angus cows and a Hereford bull. We arranged to pasture his cows in exchange for use of his bull (yup, I'm a backyard breeder whose expecting a "mutt" come April!). One of his cows died leaving an orphan steer. In exchange for me feeding and caring for it, he's giving me half at butcher time. Angus and Hereford are really calm quiet. I go out every morning to feed the orphan and they all come to visit. The bull likes his ears rubbed. The couple times we've had cows get out, I shook a grain bucket and they came right on back.

Now pigs are the easiest to raise for a bit of extra $$$. Buy a bunch of cheap piglets at auction, use a creep feeder and a 55gal water barrel with a nipple and you only have to actually DO something every few days. They are extremely neat and clean. They never poop in their house, only in one corner of the pen, so I can clean up in less than 5mins, throw a 50lb bag of feed into the creep feeder, top off the water barrel and done!
    08-23-2012, 11:38 PM
Just realized I sound like I don't want to work......not so. My problem is my big heart. If I feed calves or piglets daily I will become too attached to them and could never bring them to the butcher.....BIIIIIG problem.....this is why Jerseys would be a problem, they're so pretty......
Neighbor had a Holstein heifer who escaped on a regular bases and came for a visit. She headed straight for our house, called, and when none if us came out she went for a walk. When hubby went out she started bucking and kicking up heels and followed him, licking his hand.........neighbor took her away and we actually missed her
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