Ok, so we decided to buy a little bull calf a couple of weeks ago to raise for meat. I know next to nothing about cattle. He has already been to the vet and been made into a steer (castrated sounds so horrible! Lol) the vet laughed at me when I said I wanted him "gelded". He was also dehorned at the time and wormed. I don't know his exact age. A couple of weeks at a guess. The vet said he was a dairy/dairy cross. It is my assumption that ALL cattle can be used for hamburger right? I mean, I know/guess that beef cattle have more muscle than dairy but they must do something with the bull calves besides selling them to suckers like us!
ok, a couple of questions. For now, he is in a stall in the barn and we have a "cattle pen" with an overhang for shelter when he gets older. How much should we feed him? Currently he is getting a scoop of "calf starter" 2x daily with fresh water and free choice horse quality hay. Should I give him more grain than that? Less? The vet asked my hubby about bottle feeding him (hubby took him for the de-manning) but the guy we bought him from said he hasn't been on the bottle and we haven't bottle fed him. Should we start supplementing him with formula? At what age should be send him to the "processor"? A year? Longer? Also, the stuff the vet put on him for worming (a topical wormer) he said was good for 6 months. Should be do it again in 6 months? How long until it is out of his system and we can have him processed? Thanks in advance.