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Starting Beef Cattle Farm?

by cattlefarmer on July 22, 2009

Maximus k asked:


I want to start a beef cattle farm for 200 cattle. I need to know the ABC of starting this business, the Cost, Land, Type of Grass, ….etc. Need your kind advise.

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Aryan <3. July 24, 2009 at 12:49 pm

no offense…but killing cows is MEAN AND CRUEL. I THINK U SHOOD START another business. besides…farms dont profit as much as other businesses which u can earn like 5x more in!!! and those 2 people who were rude to me…yea keep ur cruel thoughts to urself.

hartless63 July 27, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Maximus,

Your best chance of succeeding is to marry a ranchers daughter, seriously.

Be warned, some folks on the coasts will accuse you of being cruel to the cattle, but they’ve never had to clean up after them.

PETA – People Eating Tasty Animals

sophieb July 28, 2009 at 3:37 pm

I’m in the USA and last year I did a five-year plan for a farm in India for one of my clients. I suggest you go to sba.gov and do your five year plan from that website (takes three months to prepare), take one of the few hour courses the SBA holds in your area. That way you can research the costs for yourself. Then contact your county’s extension service and see what info they can provide to you (laws, restrictions, what you need to do, and they can put you in touch with farmers in your area). If you have never done this before you might want to work for a while on a cattle farm. Read up from articles on the net on how to raise cattle. Research it thoroughly. Once you have determined how much money you need then you need to get financing, and you will have to pitch in a part from your own money (have you saved that much?). For overseas I determined 200 cattle were not enough. However you can start with fewer, and the cattle will have calves so they will build as you are building your ranch and business. Were you looking to have milking stations and one bull? Were you planning on sending the milk to be made into powdered milk, or was the farm just for beef production? Texas is big on cattle…look up Texas cattle farms on the net.

John B July 31, 2009 at 10:44 am

The government thru NAFTA has killed off the cattle business in the USA. The three main costs of cattle ranching are land, epuipment, and the cattle. If you owe money on more than one of those, you will go bankrupt. You can run about 600 cows if you do most of the work. You will need one helper. If you are where it rains for your grass, you wil be better off. The Midwest is good for that. I don’t think you can compete in Callifornia with areas where you don’t have to irrigate. Stay away from BLM. They will lie to you. The environmentalists have control of BLM. The farmers have bumper stickers ‘Hungry? Eat an Environmentalist’.
The good thing about farming-ranching is that a person has a certain sense of security in knowing how to grow your own food.
If you are totally dependent upon buying your food from the store, what will you do when all the farmers are screwed out of food production by the stupidly arrogantly ignorant environmentalists. They pass laws that are killing farming. They are backed by Hollywood and other big money idiots. For instance, in California they passed a law that you cannot kill a horse!!!!!! You have to ship it to another state to kill it. They want mountain lions back in California, and wolves back after they have been gotten rid of. It used to be you would buy land based on the number of head of cow calf units. Like $1200 to $1500 per unit. 30 years ago you could get $400/calf and a brand new fullsize pickup cost $3200. Now with NAFTA, you can get $400-$500/calf but a brand new full size pickup costs $40,000. A calf should bring $2,000 to $4,000 to be comparable. So, lol. The old saying that ‘you farm till you run out of money’ is sad but true. What little farming is paying the bills is frequently supported by government grants. Which is only fair since the government is strangling ag to begin with.

huff March 4, 2010 at 6:09 am

we farm peta eats…u go righta head kidd 200 head aint to harda task..but it will be work be prepared! happy farming..welcome too tha brother hood

rkas February 15, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Hi, just want to check in and find out how things going with your cattle farm…I am interested to join your business if you are still in this mind set.

thanks,
rkas

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