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#11 andy

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Posted 29 January 2017 - 03:04 PM


I see tons of young calves around the countryside.

 

I would agree with Bill. You would be unlikely to see the dead ones.





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Posted 29 January 2017 - 03:37 PM

I would agree with Bill. You would be unlikely to see the dead ones.


LOL. I was referring to seeing so many that were healthy.

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Posted 29 January 2017 - 09:21 PM

I know this Paul. But agreeing with Bill. Going into the cattle farming you may have complications and losses. Farming can be rewarding and saddening in some respects.  



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Posted 30 January 2017 - 10:03 PM

I know this Paul. But agreeing with Bill. Going into the cattle farming you may have complications and losses. Farming can be rewarding and saddening in some respects.  

 

Well, I'm not expecting to run a farm with zero losses. That's all part of it. Will just do the best we can. In a few years, I should be able to provide you all with good statistics.


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Posted 03 August 2017 - 05:20 PM

Just curious -

 

What does a cow with/without a calf cost?

How many cows per acre is reasonable?

Do you need more than just grass to feed them?

 

Hey! I'm an Engineer, not a farmer! - as you may have guessed!



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Posted 03 August 2017 - 07:26 PM


Hey! I'm an Engineer, not a farmer! - as you may have guessed!

 

Do you believe in versatility :) 



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Posted 05 August 2017 - 01:27 AM

Just curious -

 

What does a cow with/without a calf cost?

How many cows per acre is reasonable?

Do you need more than just grass to feed them?

 

Hey! I'm an Engineer, not a farmer! - as you may have guessed!

 

Prices vary, depending on who & where you buy and sell. Calves can start at a few hundred USD's. Cows start at several hundred USD's. Bull's, being high maintenance, can cost thousands of dollars. At the moment, I see no reason to buy a bull, though. It only costs $10 USD to have them mated.

 

Not sure of the rule of thumb, but we keep feed for our cows. Currently, we have 5 cows. We let them feed each morning, for a few hours. After, they are moved to public land for the day, to graze. Before evening, they are brought back and fed in the barn.

 

We feed them rice stalks, and let them graze on grass & such.


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Posted 05 August 2017 - 06:40 PM


Not sure of the rule of thumb, but we keep feed for our cows. Currently, we have 5 cows. We let them feed each morning, for a few hours. After, they are moved to public land for the day, to graze. Before evening, they are brought back and fed in the barn.

 

It depends on the weight of the animal and the grass available for what period. Cows are relatively small here, and grass not perfect.

Possibly two cows per acer. But for how long? That's why the cows here are turned out, mostly the people don't have the land mass or crop. If they let them roam then they can use the land they have for crops like rice.  


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Posted 06 August 2017 - 01:39 PM

Do you believe in versatility :)

Yes Andy.

 

But more importantly I believe in "Conservation of Energy" - mine!

 

It struck me that a cow/calf would make a pretty good law mower on a big block and maybe, would be a lot less trouble to maintain than sheep/goats.

 

May even be profitable?


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Posted 06 August 2017 - 04:13 PM

This may help

 

http://www.wikihow.c...For-Your-Cattle


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