Bigfoot":17ux8y40 said:Gains on just grass are pretty dismal here. A pound a day would be exception, and not the rule. You'd better not buy a very soft calf an expect anything.
Just looking for a lower cost of gain than full feed and winter annuals. Looks pretty tough to beat leasing pasture for $20 an acre with a stocking rate of 1 au per 5 acres. Stocking a calf to 3 acres would put cog @ 25¢ with an adg of 1 lb. The positives would be lower inputs and higher ROI, the negatives would be slower money and hard to hedge inconsistent gains. I'm thinking of buying some plain longtail bull yearlings for this. What class of cattle do you recommend?Stocker Steve":d6jqo8zs said:From 1.0 to 2.3 pounds per day on just grass. Cattle quality and rumen maturity are key.
From 1.5 to 4.0 with some clover and corn/byproduct. Cattle quality and low starch energy are key.
Where are you going with this?