General Management Considerations to Increase the Proportion of Early Calving Heifers and Cows
G.A. Perry, M.F. Smith, Rick Funston
University of Nebraska
Artificial insemination (AI) is the most powerful tool cow-calf producers have to improve beef cattle genetics. Still, they have been slow to adopt this technology due to the time and labor of heat checking and a market structure that until recently did not reward genetic improvement.
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If you are a business minded person you might be looking for other ways to extra money, farming cows for income is an alternative business you can get into. It has great returns of investment especially in the winter seasons.
One easy way of making money from farming Cows is by cattle flipping. When cattle flipping, you buy cheap cattle, give them food so they put on weight then sell them at a higher price.
The first thing to do is to buy the cattle from auctions, cattle magazines or even online. Search for raised or feeder calves that are less costly and free from illnesses. To make sure the cattle are not sick, try purchasing them from a reputable seller.
The next thing is to prepare for your livestock, the things you need to organize are shelter, pasture, hay, water and other feeds.
When starting out try to be sure you reduce your expenses. As for shelter you may go for simple windbreakers rather than expensive barns. Once your cows start making you money you can then build bigger shelters for them.
When it gets to water ensure that you have more than enough for them. A single cow can drink about 12 gallons of clean water every day. You may build water troughs for your cows to drink clean water from.
Most of the cash you have ready in farming your cattle should be invested in pasture. You also have to invest a lot on hay was well, hay assists a lot in the production of meat. Alfalfa works well for meat production.
Corn is recommended when it comes to feeding you livestock, cows just love corn and its good for fattening them up as well. The local feed mill may help in supplying you with well mixed corn. Or else you can buy cow feeds from your local livestock store.
With these steps you can be on your way to raising healthy cattle for income. Other thing you must do is get to know other livestock owners in your area and learn how they go about making revenue from their livestock.