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Cattle Farming – A Basic Guide

by cattlefarmer on August 30, 2009

Cattle farming is potentially appealing to people who have the necessary land and resources to make it pay. Whether you’re planning on setting up an operation for organic cattle farming, dairy cattle farming or beef cattle farming, the industry of cattle farming is becoming progressively fashionable and lucrative. Cattle can be raised on land which has few other uses, such as areas of land which are unsuitable for any other crop except grass. There are a number of elements to look at and these include calving, inoculation and breeding. For many people cattle farming is an activity which requires less labor input than most farming activities and its is important to look at your specific objectives when setting out along the path of farming cattle, since there are a number of different ways of farming cattle for net income.

For example you could keep a low number of high quality cows and specialize in raising calves from this basic stock. Plainly such an endeavor also requires the services of a good herd bull unless you plan to utilize artificial insemination.

Another potential method of earning good money from cattle farming is to purchase good quality new born calves and then feed them on until they reach over 400 pounds in weight. This type of activity in general takes more labor to make it a winner but the pecuniary rewards can be high. Alternatively the feeding can continue until the calves weigh considerably more and therefore make them more attractive to the beef wholesalers or even to consumers directly.

The purchase of acceptable herd stock is of supreme importance and generally the size and quality of animal is more significant than the actual breed of cattle used. Cattle with abnormal fat are best avoided since they are likely to gain weight slowly, particularly in the first couple of months. Check prospective purchasers cautiously, good cattle should be alert, bright eyed and move around normally. Exceptions to this should be regarded with a degree of mistrust. Similarly, and much like humans, small framed cattle will generally end up as relatively light in weight and those with heavier frames will tend towards the heavier weights. It’s usually best to purchase cattle that are regular in frame since widely diverse frame sizes tend to need different feeding programs, which in turn requires more work.

Many cattle farmers have now seen the rewards of selling directly to consumers but if you plan to do this then it is important to consider having a sturdy business plan with specific aims in mind. Wherever practicable have a specific location for selling since it is generally easier and cheaper to transport live animals for a relatively short distance than a packaged and refrigerated product. As with most endeavors, your merchandise should be well branded and your facilities clean and in good repair.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

clint March 18, 2010 at 6:15 am

how much r cattle worth per pound?

clint March 18, 2010 at 6:17 am

how long does it take the calve to grow to 400+ pounds?

clint March 24, 2010 at 6:41 am

how much money does an average cow sale for?

Shola Olowode May 24, 2010 at 2:54 am

Would need u to mentor us more in this bizness

hello October 6, 2010 at 8:21 am

hello but you have not put what is good and bad

madzrib ibrahim October 26, 2010 at 4:03 pm

I wanted to do a working paper for beef cattke farming (feedlot). did anyone can help with a comprehensive paper for me to look at and to seek for finance.tqvm

ANIL PANDYA March 9, 2011 at 1:50 am

Dear Sir …. I am from Gujarat State, India. I am keen in starting on my own cattle farm , hence would appreciate if you can give more inputes as how to go about it.

imdad hussain April 12, 2011 at 2:19 am

i want to information and help for cattle farming please helpe me

dean reynolds June 9, 2011 at 12:12 am

can afford half of what would be a good farm if i was to borrow money how meny cows do i need to make 100,000 per year proffit how mutch land? please just get me out of here or a partner might work?

desai bhavin mahendrabhai July 1, 2011 at 5:36 am

i need cow farming informations, i have 50 thousands feet of land my own and own tubewel,so please give me some basic informations about that. i want to know about healthy cow & what kind of equipments i need for cow farming.how much expenc for 1 cow.how to take care in different weather specialy in India in central Gujarat. i need this informations early if possiable.beacouse im jobless b’t i have 1acar of land my own. thnx

Ahmed Collins July 25, 2011 at 8:42 am

pls i need gaurd on how to cage cattle

Arthur Adeyemi July 26, 2011 at 4:48 am

i found your Cattle Farming- a Basic guide interesting; but not comprehensive enough for a beginner like me. Please need your advise. I reside in Lagos West of Lagos State, Nigeria.

grant rijsmus August 3, 2011 at 2:23 am

what are the best cows in south africa to get into for beef farming?
i would like to start a small business of buying a few calves, feeding them and selling them to make as much profit as possible.

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