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Completely new to this

Posted: Sat Jul 06, 2019 11:02 pm
by KentuckySpud
Me and my uncle have about 26 acres of land. And the potential for 94 acres once it’s all fenced in. A guy approached my uncle with the option to buy 2 red angus heifers and one is pregnant.

As someone who has never been around cattle. What could we do with these cattle? Could you start a small operation of some sort?

I know this isn’t a lot to go on but I’ve wanted to have cattle my entire life. And I just want to see what are some options I could have with these cattle.

Re: Completely new to this

Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:00 am
by TennesseeTuxedo
Are the heifers registered? How old are they? Why is only one pregnant? What do you know about the bull? Where are you located and where are the heifers? How much can they be bought for?

I might be interested in buying them from you so you might make a few bucks flipping them.

Re: Completely new to this

Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2019 2:41 pm
by KentuckySpud
TennesseeTuxedo wrote:
Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:00 am
Are the heifers registered? How old are they? Why is only one pregnant? What do you know about the bull? Where are you located and where are the heifers? How much can they be bought for?

I might be interested in buying them from you so you might make a few bucks flipping them.
I’m in Kentucky. The cow is 2 years old. And it is actually a Simangus I am being told now. The guy is wanting right around $1,400 for the cow/calf pair.

Re: Completely new to this

Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2019 4:00 pm
by TennesseeTuxedo
I’m out on that but it might not be a bad deal. Will he send you pics?

Re: Completely new to this

Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2019 4:41 pm
by KentuckySpud
Image

Re: Completely new to this

Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2019 4:42 pm
by KentuckySpud
That is the mom and first calf. And the bull

Re: Completely new to this

Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:24 pm
by Jeanne - Simme Valley
So, what you are saying, is this guy has a 2yr old pregnant female, nursing a calf (we refer to this as 3 in 1) for $1400.
The 26 acres is more than enough to feed her. Do you have any facilities? Like a coral, or a head gate or a barn? Cattle can get injured or sick and need to be restrained for examination or treatment. Cattle should also get vaccinations.
It's a "fun" thought to have a cow, but there are responsibilities to it.
If you think it is something you want to do and learn about doing, go for it. But, you need to have a plan to care for them. It's not like deciding to buy/get a dog. They are extremely powerful.

Re: Completely new to this

Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:27 pm
by TennesseeTuxedo
The lady above gave you excellent advice. I was gonna say offer $1,200 and bring them home. She’s a better cow person than I am by leaps and bounds.

Re: Completely new to this

Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:34 pm
by sstterry
Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:
Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:24 pm
So, what you are saying, is this guy has a 2yr old pregnant female, nursing a calf (we refer to this as 3 in 1) for $1400.
The 26 acres is more than enough to feed her. Do you have any facilities? Like a coral, or a head gate or a barn? Cattle can get injured or sick and need to be restrained for examination or treatment. Cattle should also get vaccinations.
It's a "fun" thought to have a cow, but there are responsibilities to it.
If you think it is something you want to do and learn about doing, go for it. But, you need to have a plan to care for them. It's not like deciding to buy/get a dog. They are extremely powerful.
While I agree totally with everything Jeanne said, get a vet to do you vaccinations on this group. Some can cause abortion or have adverse effects. But definitely a good deal if you are set up for it.

Re: Completely new to this

Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:43 pm
by KentuckySpud
Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:
Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:24 pm
So, what you are saying, is this guy has a 2yr old pregnant female, nursing a calf (we refer to this as 3 in 1) for $1400.
The 26 acres is more than enough to feed her. Do you have any facilities? Like a coral, or a head gate or a barn? Cattle can get injured or sick and need to be restrained for examination or treatment. Cattle should also get vaccinations.
It's a "fun" thought to have a cow, but there are responsibilities to it.
If you think it is something you want to do and learn about doing, go for it. But, you need to have a plan to care for them. It's not like deciding to buy/get a dog. They are extremely powerful.
This is her first calf she had in the past. She in currently pregnant with her second calf. And we have a fence that can block them from the pasture. And as far as sheds we do not have one right now. But we have a huge thicker of trees on the property with a small pond. And have plans to build a shed

Re: Completely new to this

Posted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:12 pm
by KentuckySpud
Went and looked at the cows today. The mother just had a calf March 15, and is already bred back with another. And the man is asking $1000 for them.

Re: Completely new to this

Posted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:42 pm
by JMER1533
If it’s vet confirmed bred back and you like the bull and her first calf then I think that’s a good deal at $1k for a 3-in-1. There’s lots more to oook at like body condition, udders, feet etc but unless you can take someone with you that knows what to look at those things may not be easily discernible.

Re: Completely new to this

Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:35 am
by kilroy60
Take all this info to heart before making this purchase. You also must consider the cost of hay - are you going to buy hay or purchase equipment to do it yourself? How about transporting cattle if and when the need arises? What will you do about a bull? There is a lot to consider before buying a couple of head. As someone mentioned, it's not like buying a couple of dogs. I started with two head and a few acres with a small investment years ago. I'd rather not say how much these two heads have cost me!!

Re: Completely new to this

Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:08 am
by JMER1533
I think someone mentioned it above but if you do this then you need a plan for a bull or semen or embryos. And you don’t want a bull with just a couple cows. He won’t be happy and you’ll want to give up. If you haven’t noticed yet, cattle involved long range planning. But with all this said sometimes you just gotta do it and figure it out as you go. You’ll know pretty quick if it’s in your blood or not!

Re: Completely new to this

Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:48 am
by Jeanne - Simme Valley
That is a good price for 3 in 1 package. You won't need to make a decision right away for a bull. Both females will be ready to breed next spring.