I just recently met a man that owns/runs several thousand acres for his beef cattle and when asked how many cattle he has on this large amount of ground I almost fell over , he has a pretty small amount of cattle. How many acres does it take to per cow where you live? I live Northeast corner of Illinois and it takes 1 1/2 to 2 acres per cow/calf. We start feeding big bales in the fall, maybe October or November. Depends how pastures are holdong up and quit feeding big bales middle March early April.