Quick Answer: When Should I Butcher My Cow?

Can cows live on grass alone?

Contrary to the common mis-information, a cow should not live on grass alone.

While lush summertime grass is great, the dormant grass we have in the winter in the Dakotas does not contain enough nutrients (both protein and carbohydrates are lacking) to properly maintain a pregnant cow..

At what age should a cow be butchered?

30 to 42 monthsSlaughter steers, heifers, and cows 30 to 42 months of age possessing the minimum qualifications for Choice have a fat covering over the crops, back, loin, rump, and ribs that tends to be moderately thick.

How long does it take to raise a cow for slaughter?

It will take over a year (367 days) to grow a 500-pound calf to 1,000 pounds if its average daily weight gain is 1.5 pounds per day. Some exten sive forage-finishing systems may require a longer duration for calves to reach slaughter weight if forage quality and quantity restrict growth to no more than 1 pound per day.

Which livestock is most profitable?

Beef cattleBeef cattle are generally the most profitable and easiest livestock to raise for profit. Beef cattle simply require good pasture, supplemental hay during the winter, fresh water, vaccinations and plenty of room to roam. You can buy calves from dairy farms inexpensively to start raising beef cattle.

How much meat do you get from a 1200 pound cow?

So, to summarize: A 1200 steer, ½ inch fat, average muscling, yields a 750 pound carcass. The 750 pound carcass yields approximately: 490 pounds boneless trimmed beef.

How many cows do I need for 5 acres?

American average is 1.8 cows per acre. God knows where you get 0.8 of a cow. This is based on the dairy cows being rotated such that the pasture is not depleted. Based on that, 8–10 cows could graze on five acres.

What animal is most profitable to breed?

Chickens. Chickens are possibly the most popular animal to raise and breed for profit. Chickens provide many products including meat for food and eggs. Some chicken farmers even sell chicken manure as fertilizer.

What is the cheapest livestock to raise?

broilerThe cheapest meat animal to raise is the broiler at $0.97 per pound. Grass feed beef is second at $1.64 per pound. Additionally, eggs can be raised for $0.33 per pound.

Can you raise a cow on 1 acre?

It is surprising how quickly a cow or two can eat down a small pasture. … However, you will need to purchase hay to feed them because one acre is not enough land to support anything bovine. Cows can indeed be kept on small plots—an acre or two—but they must be fed.

How many cows can an acre support?

You may have heard a rule-of-thumb is that it takes 1.5 to 2 acres to feed a cow calf pair for 12 months. That means we should be able to have 10 to 13 cows. Let’s see how this rule-of-thumb holds up. It looks like our rule-of-thumb held up pretty good, 11 cows on 20 acres, is 1.8 acres per cow.