Raising Beef Cattle on a Few Acres
If you are living on a few acres you may have the resources to raise a few beef cattle. There are four different enterprises you may want to consider.
1. Cow calf enterprise: keeping a few mother cows and raising calves from them. The calves normally would be weaned at about 6 months of age and weigh approximately 500 pounds.
2. Dairy beef enterprise: purchasing new born dairy calves and raising them until they weigh 300 to 500 pounds.
3. Feeder or stocker calf enterprise: purchasing calves that weigh between 400 and 500 pounds and feeding them until they weigh from 700 to 900 pounds. (Stockers are placed on pasture or on diets high in forage.)
4. Market beef enterprise: purchasing 700 to 900 pound calves and feeding them to market weight (1100 to 1200 pounds)
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