Lawson Farms wrote:I would second the idea of holding off on buying heifers. Start with a steer or two as suggested above, or buy a bred cow from a private seller. I've always tried to keep away from the bred cows at the sale barn, b/c they are there for a reason, and it's usually not b/c the owner had too many cows.
But with a 3-6 year old cow, you've got one that should know how to get the job done (calve w/o assistance and raise a calf).
We bought some heifers a few years ago, and even with having a decent idea of how to handle things, just the percentage of 1st time calvers was more than I want to handle again.
B&M Farms wrote:If It was me I would buy a bred cow or heifer too to start. If you buy a 4 or 5wt heifer your over two years from having a calf to sale plus cost of raising her. A bred cow thats already had a few calves would be better.
piedmontese wrote:B&M Farms wrote:If It was me I would buy a bred cow or heifer too to start. If you buy a 4 or 5wt heifer your over two years from having a calf to sale plus cost of raising her. A bred cow thats already had a few calves would be better.
at what age do u breed? i figure my heifers are 2 yrs from calving when they r born.
B&M Farms wrote:I would agree with staying away from salebarns if you are inexperienced at buying cows, but not all cows at salebarns are bad deals. I've seen some really good commercial cattle go through salebarns at times. Some salebarns do consignments for bigger operations. A lot of good cows went through salebarns here this last year because of the drought. I started out buying salebarn cows and made money off of them. I still have a few. They were worth keeping.
mjlabs wrote: I was looking at the market reports at the local sale barn and dont understand the price. For example, one large feeder heifer was 440lb at an average price of $186. Is that the cost per 100lbs, for example, or just the cost for the heifer....surely not for that price???
John SD wrote:You should keep salt available to your cattle at all times, either block or loose salt would be fine. For a couple head, I would probably go with block. At minimum I keep trace mineral salt in front of my cattle at all times. Around $6-$7 each. Sometimes I use a hi-trace mineral salt with EDDI which has a higher level of iodine in it. What is needed in your area may vary. Feeding mineral is a good policy to insure your cattle get enough calcium, phosphorus, and trace minerals along with vitamin A, D, and E.
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