Beef Cattle Farming
Beef Cattle Farming is a large and important segment of American
agriculture and one of the largest industries in the world. Cattle farming enterprises work well with most all
other farm production practices such as small grains, fruit orchards, vegetables and others. The livestock will
help make efficient use of the many feed resources that have little alternative use, such as crop
residues, marginal cropland, untillable land, rough non-navigable land by wheeled vehicles or rangeland that cannot
produce crops other than grass.
If you are lucky enough to own land but
work full-time off the farm, a beef cattle farming operation can be the least labor-intensive ways to utilize your
land. You will find a cattle or livestock farming busines to be well suited for you to use family or
surplus labor. Most all of your labor intensive projects such as , calving, weaning, vaccinations, castration, and
weighing may be planned for times when your labor is available. Like when the college kids are home for a school
vacation such as July 4th, Thanksgiving or Christmas.
As in most businesses some advance planning may be needed for your farming
enterprise to be successful. Some thing to consider are resources like; how much land is available and your level
of interest before deciding to engage in the beef cattle business. Accumulate as much information and
resources related to your planned busines as possible and study everything thoroughly.
Next you will want to try to identify why you want to have a beef cattle
farming business. You should then define a mission statement and set some goals to achieve the most constant
economic return or personal satisfaction. Do your best to be sure all of this is clearly defined, firmly fixed, is
achievable, and can be done within a realistic time frame. Without this your entry into the business may lack
meaning that could create a lost objective and cause you to lose focus.
In most cases where you are limited in size and scope due to the number of
acres available you may find the most profitable route to be raising registered cattle. Registered cattle of
any breed should always command a higher selling price, cost the same amount to feed and do not follow the same ups
and downs in the economy that seem to control the commercial cattle operations.
Many newcomers to the beef cattle farming business have found it easier to
get established , become a part of the breed community and become recognized as someone who is a serious breeder by
starting with a minor breed. You may find those involved within the breed more devoted to their animals than those
who raise a breed that everyone seems to have.
Once you are established and become successful you will find there is no
better living experience anywhere than being able to live on a few acres where you can have all the comforts of the
city plus the enjoyments of the rural life style. And you may be surprised when you discover how much impact a
small Beef Cattle Farming business can contribute towards the overall income and reductions in expense.