Advice on building a herd in Central Texas - sale barns vs breeders

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Shoestring

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@TdJ someone may have suggested this, I didn't go back and read all of the hot air put forth in previous posts. I don't know your acreage, but look up the 44 farms. Kinda in your area. Might be of interest to you or someone else starting out.
 

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Doesn't matter where a cow is sold or bought. It's always one that someone else decided not to keep.....a cull.
( Always) does not allow much latitude for drought or death or gift or divorce or what ever reason to sell
without the animal being a cull. All things have a season and the end is not always based on value.
 

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Around here, if you are going to buy or sell cattle, it will be at the sale barn. If you can't get them to a sale, for some reason, and advertise them for sale at your place, they are going to sell for less than they would at the auction. Anyone coming to look at them is going to know about what they will bring at the sale, and will pay less.
 

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You could check out this sale....lots of replacements of all kinds close the sale.

 
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It's ben a fun few months, accomplished a ton and have a lifetime of work ahead. Dealt with sick calves (lost one to pneumonia) but they've all healed up and are fat and happy. Been feeding the herd sweet feed and sitting on the feeding bin, making them eat around me. Tamed them down a ton, can scratch two young ones behind the ears without spooking. Been a fun project, have more to do here though.
Made 54 bales so far, have another 25-ish before the grass goes fully dormant, amazingly green after mowing - good combo of rain and temperature. Blew up a baler drive chain (replaced and oiled the bahjesus out of the others), broke the bale spike (ugliest weld in the world), blew up my shredder gearbox (seal failed and leaked freshly checked oil out in about 20 minutes). And all I want to do is get up and do it again tomorrow.
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@callmefence, might need your services. Will reach out soon!

@windmillman, apologies for not reaching out yet. We'll connect soon. Probably ran past each other multiple times at watson's or similar.
 

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