Lisa, I, too would suggest you start with the crossbred cattle until you get your feet on the ground. Selling your animals as "freezer beef" is probably the most profitable way to go, but you do have to deal with bounced checks and complaints. And I understand that a good processor is one of the most important parts of satisfying your customers. If you're going to sell the steers at the auction, a good Angus bull on those Hereford cows will get the black baldies Linda mentioned and they are quite popular. A word of caution, though, while you can "breed up" to purebred status on a lot of breeds, neither Hereford nor Angus allow that. The purebred business is more demanding than the commercial business. You need to weigh each calf at birth, report their weaning and yearling weights, etc. If you want to get paid for your time and trouble, AI is a must in the Angus purebred business (unless you can buy a $100,000 bull). Learn about EPDs before you go buy a bull to use on those heifers. Or consider having them AI-ed to an easy calving bull. Good luck..
> We just started our little (for
> now) farm 6 months ago. We have 2
> cows, 2 heifers and a bull calf
> (just a few days old). They are
> herrefords but not registered or
> We're trying to decide if we
> should shoot for a high quality
> herreford herd or to breed with
> another breed, say angus, to get
> the beef quality. We'd like some
> input on either side. Thanx.