How To Raise Cows For Beef

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So it is the norm for most homestead to be raising chicken for either meat or eggs. However I have noticed that many homesteads, and that includes ours do not really raise cattle for beef, even though we often make homemade beef jerky. Since it is something we are considering, I decided to look up information on how to raise cows for beef.

As you would expect, raising cattle will be a little more labor intensive than chickens or goats. For a small homestead a maximum of two cows, should be your limit otherwise you may major face problems such as running out of hay or grass to feed your cows.

How To Raise Cows For Beef

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Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • young calves
  • hay
  • bucket milk feeder
  • milk
  • wood fence

It is better to purchase younger calves between 2 to 4 weeks for your homestead. They will spend the first few weeks feeding from the bucket milk feeder with the nipple. Once they are a few months old you can start introducing them to hay.

If you have access to green pasture, you can allow them to graze in the fenced in pasture. You will have to keep an eye out for any health issues, and call in the vet every now and again to check on your cows. They will be ready for slaughter anytime from 20 to 24 months on wards.

You can get more information from the Timber Creek Farmer blog, here…

How To Raise Cows For Beef

You can watch this video on how to select beef cattle for your farm…

You can watch the video below on raising beef cows at home…


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