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Beginner Interested In cattle

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 3:55 pm
by bfields32
Hi I’m 23 I’m interested in purchasing cattle I’m interested in Brahman and angus or hereford I live in east tx Winnsboro tx to be exact just want to know the do ands donts of starting off in the cattle world. And any advice that can be given to me from anyone on this site . Just trying to figuring out where to start off i have 50 acres and have 4-5 pastures a lot of roaming. Trying to figure how many cattle to start off with since I am new to this when is the best time to buy cattle should I buy bred cows , bred heifers or cows with pairs any knowledge would help if any one is in my area or close east tx would like to see if i could come see how your operation works.

Re: Beginner Interested In cattle

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 5:57 pm
by DaneG
A good start would be to read and understand the articles on this web site http://www.beefmagazine.com/strategic-planning-ranch by Burke Teichert there are quiet a few going back to 2012. Start with the oldest article first would be a good idea.

Re: Beginner Interested In cattle

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:44 pm
by Big Muddy rancher
Looking through back threads here on ranchers might answer some of your question. Lots of good info and a little nonsense. :D :D

Re: Beginner Interested In cattle

Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:53 am
by Brad S
If I had 50 acres in east tx, I'd use it to put together odd lots (cheaper) and sell matching truckloads on superior.

Re: Beginner Interested In cattle

Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:44 pm
by LCP
DaneG wrote:A good start would be to read and understand the articles on this web site http://www.beefmagazine.com/strategic-planning-ranch by Burke Teichert there are quiet a few going back to 2012. Start with the oldest article first would be a good idea.

:agree:

I'd also look into Akaushi cattle. Quite a few breeders in Texas. It might be a way to add value. I bought some bulls last spring to use as a terminal cross on Angus cows. We'll see next fall how I get along.

Re: Beginner Interested In cattle

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:37 am
by Brad S
You might want to sit out the next couple dances and just work for/with a neighbor that has some scars. That whole buy low sell high thing - we're overbuilding the herd because of unnaturally cheap corn. A little more herd expansion and a hiccup in corn production, and you'll see plenty cheap cows.

Re: Beginner Interested In cattle

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:20 am
by Denny
Brad S wrote:You might want to sit out the next couple dances and just work for/with a neighbor that has some scars. That whole buy low sell high thing - we're overbuilding the herd because of unnaturally cheap corn. A little more herd expansion and a hiccup in corn production, and you'll see plenty cheap cows.


around here the cows are plenty cheap already. 40 to 50 kill cows and $900 to $1400 breds with a few special groups bringing more money but last week you could have laid in a herd at the bred cow sale for under $900 average..

Re: Beginner Interested In cattle

Posted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:49 am
by bfields32
With the 50 acres i have what would be a good amount to start with maybe 3-5 bred momma cows. when is the best time of year to buy in the spring is that the best time?

Re: Beginner Interested In cattle

Posted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:27 pm
by cow pollinater
I would look at buying older bred cows about a month from now. Calve them out and haul everything back to the sale in the fall. Just don't fall in love with any of them and think you need to keep them. That won't work in all markets but bred cows are cheap enough right now you should be able to make a nice paycheck and cows don't get old by not doing their job. I made quite a bit of money doing this but you have to be a little careful when the market is good.