4 Steps In Raising Cattle For Profit


raising cattle for profit

4 Steps In Raising Cattle For Profit


Raising cattle for profit is a good business venture for anyone who wants to go into agriculture.  Society benefits from cattle in a number of ways that include: as a source of food, as a source of clothing material, and as a beast of burden, most especially in less developed countries.  Society’s continued reliance on cattle means the market is steadily growing, and livestock owners who want a substantial share of this market must be ready and able to provide customers with the healthiest bulls, cows, and calves.


If you’re thinking of going into raising cattle for profit, here is a step-by-step process that focuses on the most important aspects of this particular business:

1.    Start by looking for a field of reasonable size.  Cattle eat a lot every day so it is best to situate your planned herd in an area where their food is readily available.  A field packed with fresh green grass is not only the most obvious choice, but it is also the most practical.  Having a field means you don’t have to spend as much on hay or feeds as alternative food sources.  Use those instead to nourish your cattle during the winter when the weather renders the grass all but useless.


2.    Whatever the size of your field, make sure there is also a readily available water source for your cattle.  Each animal in your herd will consume up to 12 gallons of water every day, so the size of your reservoir must be proportional to that of your herd.  The water should also be clean as this will augment daily nutrient levels, thus making your cattle—and their milk in the case of dairy cows—healthy enough for consumption.


3.    Good shelter is a must in the business of raising cattle for profit, but you need not spend a huge chunk of your initial investment on a full-sized barn that will protect your animals from the elements.  Such a large structure may take up valuable pasture especially if you’re starting with a field of modest size.  Unless you live in a region that experiences the harshest winters, an open-ended shed of simple construction will suffice.  If the climate is generally pleasant for the whole year, you can instead plant big enough trees as natural shelter on your property.


4.    Once everything on your property has been set up, you can then go out and buy the animals that will make up your starter herd.  Read print and online advertisements to have an idea of the accredited breeders in your area.  Your choice of cattle will depend on your goal in raising beef cattle for profit.  You can raise dairy cows and then sell them or their milk.  Selling cattle for their meat is a more profitable business venture, but the beef you provide must meet rather exacting taste, texture, and nutritional requirements in order to justify a higher price.

Raising cattle for profit will naturally involve far more than following the aforementioned steps, but having an idea of how the business is like before you go into it can help you make the necessary adjustments to your startup capital, thus allowing you to save money in the long run.  If you make the wrong estimates, you could end up spending a lot on what you could have gotten for much less.

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