I raise Hereford, Angus, and the crosses. Our bull is kept with he ladies so they are usually bred around a year old. 100 calves have probably been born here and we only had 1 female die from complications. The calf ripped her up on the inside and she bled out. That aside, they do what nature does best.
To prepare for butcher, well, I don't kill my own. We usually sell calves around 6 months old to private people, who in turn fatten them up and sell them to a slaughter house. In the case of steers, anyway. Ours are strictly grass fed and look great, and I take a lot of pride in.that.
When raising steers for show, the amount they get depends on their feed conversion rate. The object is NOT to get a fat cow. Marbling (the fat) should be in an even amount with plenty of muscling still showing through. They are stalled and led (exercised) daily but other than that they eat. And of course you will have a difficult time getting the average cow to look as good as a show cow without them being bred for it. Like horse feed, there are many steer feeds to choose from.
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