Blackleg: Frequently Asked Questions
Dr. Michelle Arnold
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
What is “blackleg”? This is a rapidly fatal disease of cattle, typically calves 6-12 months of age, caused by the bacterium Clostridium chauvoei. Sheep may also be affected. In a majority of cases, affected calves are simply found dead in the pasture with no symptoms of disease. It usually affects calves in good nutritional condition (the “fattest and slickest”) within a group.
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If you are a business minded person you might be looking for other ways to extra money, raising cattle for income is an alternative business you can get into. It has great returns of investment especially in the winter seasons.
One simple way of making money from farming cattle is by cattle flipping. When cattle flipping, you buy cheap cattle, give them food so they gain weight then sell them at a higher price.
The first thing to do is to buy the cattle from auctions, livestock magazines or even online. Search for raised or feeder calves that are less costly and free from illnesses. To make sure the cows are not sick, try purchasing them from a reputable seller.
The next thing is to prepare for your livestock, the things you need to get ready 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 rather than expensive barns. Once your livestock start making you money you may then build bigger shelters for them.
When it gets to water be sure that you have more than enough for them. A single cow can drink about 12 gallons of drinking water every day. You may build water troughs for your cattle to drink water from.
Most of the money you have ready in farming your cattle should 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 recommended when it comes to feeding you livestock, cattle just love corn and its great for fattening them up as well. Your local feed mill may assist in supplying you with well mixed corn. Or you can buy cattle feeds from your local livestock store.
With these steps you can be on your way to farming healthy cattle for profits. Other thing you must do is get to know other livestock owners in your area and learn how they start making revenue from their livestock.