M&M Farms":25ot8wr3 said:I have small feed lot & 4-H show animals. I was givin the idea that $9.00 worth of shots would improve cattle from good to better. I do agree that cattle are very hardy animals, and a lot of this might not be necessary, but is a few buck worth the time & effort. Is there something else. Should we be content with what we have or what we could have?
Hawk":7nw6vpic said:Most of what little that I know about beef cattle was learned from a few old ranchers who had made their living for many years running cross bred cattle in Texas. The preferred momma cow was about 1/4 Brahma and 3/4 some beef breed. They would use some very good purebred bulls and produce very nice calves that sold nicely. These old boys made money in the cattle business by watching their costs closely. They didn't mind spending a dollar if it would help them return a profit, but they wouldn't spend a dime if they couldn't see the justification on the bottom line. They were very self sufficient men who could perform their own equipment maintenance, welding, fabrication, fence building, haying, feeding, financial planning, vet work, etc, etc. They would think you were crazy if you suggested calling the vet to perform simple chores such as castration and dehorning. They vaccinated and wormed twice a year and treated any animal that needed attention and left them to their own devices the rest of the time. Calves are born out in the pastures and raised by their mommas generally without any human assistance. They were not worried about having cows that were nice to look at, they were interested in cows that would make them money. Any cows that weren't up to the job were sent down the road. No exceptions and no regrets. These guys and their cattle operations were, and are, a world apart from some of the pampered registered herds and the plush ranch spreads that are common today.