Originally Posted by Joe4d
I am thinking raisng one or two beef cows is a money loosing proposition. By the time you add in purchase price, vet, upkeep, doodads around the barn, grain, butcher costs, not to mention your time and labor, youd be better off working a couple extra hours a week at a job and just buying the meat.
I disagree. I bought both of my Angus cows at auction, paid about half market-price for them. A single Vet visit which won't need to occur again unless one becomes ill as he went over what shots and treatments cows need, how to administer them and whatever meds I need can be purchased from the local Vet Supply or through him.
Grain is negligible, mine eat a 50lb bag in about 4 weeks (more to keep them friendly, than feed them). Only "doodads" I bought were 2 tire feeders, one for outside, one for inside the run-in. Time and Labor? I spend *maybe* 20mins daily filling their tire feeders and that's only because it's Winter.... I have 30+ acres of grass for them to munch and a heated auto-waterer that came with my property.
Best part is that I KNOW what they are eating and how my meat will be processed. There will be no chemicals or anything in my meat. Grass-fed beef is horrifically expensive to buy, cheaper than mystery meat if you raise it yourself.