- Nov 19, 2011
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As I said in my introduction my family has a good amount of land for the area where we live, over 1000 acres, most in timber. We have about 40 acres in established bahia grass. I am clearing another 40 acres right now that is right across the road from my house. It's good ground and was once used as a corn field years ago. We are not real high on the timber futures and I have been interested in getting into the cattle business for a couple of years. I thought this might be a good time. I am in an area where I could do some contract grazing on stockers or buy my on. I was not to interested in getting into cow calf because of my inexperience but the markets are indicating that with the U.S. cattle numbers being low that cow calf may be the way to go. I would only be using the 40 acres of new pasture for grazing the established fields could be used for hay production. It is reasonable to expect the ground in this area to support 1000 - 1200 pounds of live cattle per acre. With the contract grazing I would have less over head but buying my own may make me more money. I not sure I trust the stock contractee to bring me quality yearlings. What do ya'll think?