Originally Posted by SlideStop
- How many acres do you need to comfortably keep a small herd of cows?
- Is it more economical to grow your own vs buying meat from the store?
- How many would I need to sustain a herd, yet feed a family? Or would I be best off buying calves and then butchering them with the times is right?
- Is it more trouble/money then it's worth?
- Can you hire someone to butcher it for you? I'm not so sure I'd be into that part!
Any little tips would help!
Thanks for looking!
I have 44 acres and run 5-7 cows plus goats, chickens, turkeys, pigs, guineas and horses. Winter I do have to feed some hay due to extreme cold and snow.
WAY more economical! Seen the price of beef lately?
1 bull, 5-6 females is a good ratio for us. Buying calves is EXPENSIVE!! Better off keeping a steer and selling the other babies to pay for feed/care of the herd.
Not in my opinion
I certainly do not butcher cows myself. All sorts of bone saws and so forth you would need. I drop off at a USDA inspected butcher and pick up vacuum sealed packages a couple weeks later.