How To Start Cattle Farming

by | Jan 13, 2020 | Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Industry

One of the benefits of being an established Angus bull provider throughout the United States is the work we get to do with startup farms and ranches. This is an amazing life, and thanks to a lot of research and technology, much of the guesswork that was required by earlier cattle farmers is now eliminated.

Type of Cattle Farm
Typically, the term cattle farm designates either cow-calf operations where the calves are sold at weaning or shortly after, and the breeding herd is maintained. These are sometimes designed as commercial beef operations.

The other option is a purebred cattle operation, where a specific breed of cattle is raised and sold as breeding stock. Typically, some of the weaned calves are sold, while others are retained to enhance the breeding lines for the herd.

Invest in Quality
In both types of operations, quality cows and bulls are critical as the breeding stock. This is essential for several reasons, including:

  • Cows that are bred and deliver healthy calves
  • Limited risk of “open” (unbred) cows that cost money to maintain and generate no income
  • Calves that grow rapidly and have the desirable traits
  • Purebred herds that offer quality genetics for buyers

Start Small
Cattle farming is not a 9 to 5 job. Starting small is a good way to gauge the hours and the cost of farming in a reasonable and lower-risk fashion. We recommend creating a farming plan and a breeding strategy at this point, providing a plan for moving forward.

To talk to one of our experts on cattle farming, contact the team at Jorgensen Land & Cattle. Call us today at 1-800-548-BULL (2855) to discuss your herd, goals, and your needs.

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