Beware of Nitrates in Summer Grasses
Dr. Gary Bates
University of Tennessee
Most of the hay produced for beef cows in Tennessee comes from tall fescue fields. There are, however, a significant number of producers that use summer grasses such as bermudagrass or sorghum x sudangrass hybrids for hay. These plants can be used successfully for hay production. But there is the potential for a buildup of nitrates in these plants, especially during a drought. It is importan… Read More
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If you also a money minded person you might be searching for other ways to make more money, farming cattle for profits 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 cattle 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 purchase the cattle from auctions, livestock magazines or even online. Try to find 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 owner.
The next thing is to prepare for your cows, the things you need to prepare are shelter, pasture, hay, water and other feeds.
When beginning try to ensure you reduce your expenses. As for housing you may go for simple windbreakers instead of expensive barns. Once your cattle begin making you money you can then build bigger shelters for them.
When it comes to water be sure that you have more then enough for them. A single cow may drink around 12 gallons of water each day. You may build water troughs for your cows to drink clean water from.
Most of the money you have ready in raising your cows needs to be invested in pasture. You also have to spend a lot on hay was well, hay assists a lot in the production of meat. Alfalfa works well for meat production.
Corn is suggested when it comes to feeding you livestock, cows just love corn and its best for fattening them up as well. The local feed mill will assist in supplying you with well mixed corn. Or else you can buy cow feeds from your local livestock store.
With these steps you sure will be on your way to farming healthy livestock for profits. Other thing you must do is get to know other livestock owners in your area and learn how they start making income from their livestock.