- Apr 3, 2006
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Question for all of you with years of experience, I'm not sure since my background is in dairy. I have a hereford heifer from last year that is fairly nice, but she runs thru every fence I've set up for rotational grazing(just a single hot wire). All the other cows respect the wires and I've never had any troubles. I sold her mom this spring because of her temperement and thought I'd keep her. I use strictly A.I. and pride myself on working my cows myself, so temperement is pretty important. Today I got sick of trying to get her in the same paddock as the rest of the cows, plus she had taken two fences down allowing the other cows into other paddocks, so I decided to put her into a separate pasture by herself that is bordered by 4 barbed wire with 2 hot on it, well trying to get her there was almost the end of me(her), so I put her in the chute, put a halter on her and slowly led her to the shed via Bobcat. I decided the only way she would come out of that shed was via trailer. She is a nice heifer, but I've always been a firm believer in not selling someone else my problems, so my question, I can either send her to the kill plant or to the butcher. I'm a poor judge of weight, but I'm thinking she's about 700 lbs. I think if I sell her outright I might not get much for her, but I might keep her in the shed and give her grain for about a month and butcher. Any thoughts? Will steaks be big enough? Will it taste good? She was on small amount of grain much of the winter, and hay and grass since. Anyone butcher this young? Thanks in advance!!