Raising Cattle For Sale – 5 Tips On What To Look Out For

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Raising Cattle For Sale – 5 Tips On What To Look Out For

Raising cattle for sale is a daunting challenge for any livestock farmer. Aside from having to invest a lot of money, one must be willing to devote much of one’s time to ensure everything, especially the cattle themselves, meets the public’s standards. There is a huge demand for cattle for a number of varied uses not just in the United States, and farmers face the added challenge of continually providing the public with cattle of good grade to satisfy their needs. Only the most successful cattle growers enjoy significant profit because of their efforts, but then again, even the most successful cattle growers had to start somewhere, often with nothing of value other than their ingenuity, their perseverance, and their drive to succeed when it comes to raising cattle for beef.

If you are a fledgling livestock farmer who wants to venture into the complex yet potentially lucrative business of raising cattle for sale, here are some tips you may find useful.

 

1. Prepare a readily available food source for your starter herd. Somewhat surprisingly, there are places around the world where the cattle eat considerably less grass because other food sources are more abundant (In Iowa, for example, cattle eat corn far more often than they eat grass.). You can designate a food source for your starter herd of cattle for sale depending on your current location, though you can never go wrong with a well-maintained field of fresh grass already packed with nutrients.

 

2. Use plant proteins to augment your starter herd’s diet. Eleven percent of a cow’s daily diet must consist of protein but this requirement can only be partially fulfilled by eating grass in its raw form. If you want to raise cattle for sale, they must be healthy enough in your customers’ eyes and the only way for them to achieve peak physical condition is through a diet that contains all the nutrients they will ever need.

 

3. It is best to have a starter herd made up of cattle in generally good health. Search online to find any accredited breeders in your area but you must still look out for red flags that will betray an animal’s actual physical condition. Healthy animals are so full of life that they would be walking around even in small pens whereas sickly ones have that glassy look in their eyes and a noticeable lack of energy.

 

4. Implement a system of rotation wherein you periodically switch between the pastures on your property. In order for this measure to work, you must have a big enough field. Rotation ensures your herd will have fresh grass available to them every day. While your herd is busy filling up on essential nutrients in a specific portion of the field, you can rejuvenate the vacant portions using fertilizer. Organic fertilizer is recommended despite being more expensive because it has no synthetic additives that would harm the soil, the grass, and ultimately your cattle.

 

5. Aside from what you will spend on food and shelter, allocate some of your capital for medical expenses. Cattle get sick just like every other living creature, and an animal that has fallen ill is of no use to anyone until it gets better. Medical care for cattle could be preventive as in the case of vaccinations to boost their immune systems against the most common diseases or remedial such as nursing back to health any animal that falls ill.

 

These tips can help you avoid potentially costly mistakes when raising cattle for meat, but the fact remains that it is an enormous endeavor that requires your constant attention far more than simply following a few bits of advice however sound it may be.
 

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