I know it is about 100 acres, and he said it’s about 90 on average. He uses only one bull and the bull stays with them year round and he sells the calves as they come. I’m not sure how much hay he has to purchase on top of the 5 acres he’s been bailingI don't think any of us can really help without some accurate numbers. 90 cows, 100 acres and 5 acres of hay. At least one of those numbers must be wrong. Maybe you could visit the place and do a count before you make any decisions.
Thanks for the advice! I’m going to talk to him more in depth about the different methods and see why he chooses to do the one bull year round. Maybe it’s just easier and he isn’t necessarily doing this for profit?If he has 90 cows, then first thing to do would be to get rid of the bull, and get 3 Brangus bulls. One bull for every 30 cows. If he has been doing year round calving.. which he has if he has 90 cows, and 1 bull that stays in with them all the time... then you gonna have to let the cows stay open til the last one has calved. You are probably gonna wanna shoot for spring calves, Feb and March.. so you'd wanna put your bulls in the herd 1st of May. That way you can sell the calves in the fall before you have to start feeding. You wouldn't want fall calves with 90 cows on 100 acres. Or, to prevent having to leave some of the cows un-bred for a year or so, you could breed 30-40 in January for some fall calves, and the other 50-60 in May spring calves. If you did this, you would only need 2 bulls.
The good thing is if he has been running like that the cows are naturally in a rotation to be bred. More bulls do add more money and headache in a lot of cases. Down side is he may not be keeping up with who is calving and how often. I would be sure all the cows have ear tags and see if he will help you start logging the cows as the calve. Knowing which calf is their calf is not important now just what cow has a calf, roughly what day its born, or even just write the month and year is close enough. Start logging that in excel or a notebook or some thing. I'd write down any calves you see sucking on cows in the pasture now with a date and note like #100 bull or #200 heifer. Pics on the phone work great because you can get a pic of the cow, its tag, the calf, and it puts a date on the pic.Thanks for the advice! I’m going to talk to him more in depth about the different methods and see why he chooses to do the one bull year round. Maybe it’s just easier and he isn’t necessarily doing this for profit?
Hey Thomas, I have come a little late to the conversation, but here are some things to think about.Hey everyone! Little back story, currently working as an engineer, make good money but wife wants to move back to her hometown to be with and take care of family. Her grandpa wants us to take over a roughly 90 cattle ranch on about 100 acres in SC due to very old age. He really doesn’t know how much he makes a year off the cattle. I’ve tried researching but have come up with a lot of different answers. We are prepared to put in as much work as it takes but are wondering if one or both of us will need another job as well. Roughly what do people make profit wise per head if everything is paid off? I appreciate any and all replies!