Have Plenty of Land to Grow
We support the good life for our cattle. That looks like having plenty of acres to roam filled with natural foliage to graze on. Raising cattle on acreage for most of their lifespan versus only a feedlot is one of the humane practices we follow and recommend for all breeders and cattlemen alike.
So, to ensure your cattle have enough room, plan on having around 1.5 to 2 acres per cow-calf pair. If you are maintaining a herd of 40 heads, you would need at least 60-80 acres of land.
Keep Your Herd in Good Health
A healthy herd is key when selling cattle for profit. Cattle with poor structure or health issues not only do not sell, but can be a big financial blow to your return on investment. However, you can cultivate a healthy cowherd by:
- Choosing replacement heifers or herd bulls with good phenotype
- Keeping all cattle up-to-date with vaccinations and deworming medicine
- Routinely checking for any external ailments like pink eye.
By maintaining healthy practices for your cattle, you’re not only treating them humanely, but you are making a wise investment as well.
Know Which Feed Strategy is Best
Deciding how you are going to feed your cattle is critically important if you are in the beef industry. Because USDA standards of meat quality are at stake…or steak…choose a feed strategy that’s not only healthy for the average American’s diet, but for the cattle’s diet as well. We follow a grass-fed, grain finished dietary structure. This consists of letting cattle graze on grass throughout most of its lifespan, and then switching to a grain diet 60-90 days before culling. This process allows meat to not only be nutrient-dense and lower in calories, but also well-marbled.
Adding to the Herd? Do Your Research
Not every cowherd is the same. Each herd has different goals, and therefore the selection process for replacement heifers or herd bulls should reflect this. So, if you are getting ready to grow your herd by introducing new cattle, do your research ahead of time. The best way to do this is with Expected Progeny Differences (EPD). An EPD keeps track of the genomic value, as well as shows the ancestral lineage of each bovine. During the selection process, mark which traits you need for your cowherd (mothering abilities, low birth weight, etc.). Then, look for cattle that are in the high percentiles for those traits. For our breeding process, we look for elite genetics, so we ensure our cattle not only come from proven pedigrees but also are in the top 5-10%.
When it comes time to add cattle into your herd, give us a call. Though we host annual bull and production sale events, we also do private treaties. Don’t hesitate to give us a call!