Grass-fed beef is in high demand now. What could be better than producing your own? While others pay premium prices to get gourmet grass-fed beef, you can have the privilege of growing your own in your backyard. In today’s blog, we’ll give you some of the basics on how to get started raising your own grass-fed cattle. Visit our website to purchase some of ours for yourself.
This is one of the most important places to start. Do you have good areas of land with grass growing and ready to forage already, or will you be purchasing that? Cattle need plenty of room to roam and rotate. Utilizing a proper pasture rotation schedule and growing high-quality forage for your cattle to feast on actually makes more money, and is less volatile, than growing corn or other comparable filler crops on that land.
Getting the cheapest cattle you can find and giving them free roam of the land is unlikely to give you the fattened cows you want as a result at the end of two years. Start with good cattle, even just a few, and decide on breeding and calving schedules. This is good to coordinate with the weather too, keeping in mind how much (if any) barn space you have.
It might be a good idea to start putting aside forage for the winter. If you won’t have enough available, look into where you can purchase that. If you’re looking to be completely grass-fed, you will need forage to last you the whole way through the winter months. This is doable but requires careful planning.
Start with these key basics to begin your research and planning into the world of grass-fed beef ownership. Whether you want a few cows a year for yourself and your friends or want to expand your herd later on, our website has a variety of resources that might be helpful to you and your operation. Raising cattle isn’t always easy, but we believe it’s well worth it.