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Old 02-23-2011, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Washington State
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I saw the first Calves of the season on my way home from work yesterday. So little and cute. So tasty later.
Spring must surely be on it's way.
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Old 02-23-2011, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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I have been seeing them for awhile. Almost bought a few but the price has gone up, hope I can afford to taste them later.
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Old 02-24-2011, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Washington State
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I have been seeing them for awhile. Almost bought a few but the price has gone up, hope I can afford to taste them later.
I butchered my first cow that I've ever raised last year. OMG the beef is delicious. I raised the calf on grass and oats. Such a difference.
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Old 02-25-2011, 04:01 AM
 
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We are getting ready to start calving now. Have a few on the ground now. Will start in about couple of weeks.
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Old 02-25-2011, 10:01 AM
 
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feed them grass, not corn. I love me a grass fed cow.
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Old 02-25-2011, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Finally escaped The People's Republic of California
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would there be any profit in buying calves and raising them for a season then selling them off?
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Old 02-25-2011, 03:51 PM
 
Location: central Indiana
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would there be any profit in buying calves and raising them for a season then selling them off?
I'm part of a small circle who buys beef from a local farmer every fall, have it processed and frozen at a local packing house. That is wonderful grass fed Black Angus. Price including processing is less than $3 a pound, on the hoof.

It makes sense that what I'm getting is first year calves, though I haven't been the one to go out to the field and choose heads A, B, C to be slaughtered. Why feed them all winter when you have to buy hay?
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Old 02-27-2011, 02:21 AM
 
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would there be any profit in buying calves and raising them for a season then selling them off?
Depends. buying a calf without a mother can be spendy.

Buying calves in the fall that have been weaned and feeding them until they reach a certain weight or selling them as yearlings can be a money maker. Results may vary. If you have the land, the feed it can work.

But know your costs before venturing into any sort of investment.
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Old 03-02-2011, 11:28 AM
 
Location: overlooking the mighty MO
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would there be any profit in buying calves and raising them for a season then selling them off?

not right now=-- I have never seen the price of cattle this high and I have been raising cattle for many a decade-- I loved selling my calves this yr-I will hate it next yr when I do my taxes

John
I will put my corn fed beef up against any grass fed beef for size and flavor-- any time-- anyday-- anywhere
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