Originally Posted by suzukiaustin
Thanks for the replies!
I love belted galloway beef!! I used to get bg beef at a farmer's market when I lived in Australia. I bought so much at one time (each visit) the farmer thought I was crazy!!
I have a few more questions:
1. Is it hard to care for cattle? Do they need to be brought into a shed at nighttime or do they just need access to a covered area? I do not plan to milk the cows, just raise them for meat.
2. Is it possible to just buy heifers (I think that's the term for female cows) and not get a steer? I would prefer to not deal with mating and birthing until I know how to take care of a cow. I know they need friends...are three cattle at a time enough?
3. We have about 4 acres of fenced pasture with irrigation. Should I irrigate throughout the summer now? At what time of year should I buy cows? And should I look into planting certain grasses for the cows?
That was a lot of questions.
Thank you all for your help.
the belties are pretty hardy, too. i'm pretty taken with them!
we don't have much shelter for ours, but we're building a corral. you'll want something to pen them in at some point, and some people like barns/shelter, but it's not totally necessary to start with, though it's a gamble if you need to treat them for anything.
you absolutely can get heifers or cows if you want. you can also get a cow/calf pair, (or two) which is good b/c you know the cow can breed & birth fine.. and later that will be good to know!
sounds like you have plenty of pasture for 3 or so.
you might want to have your pasture baled if you can, if it's tall.. depending on when you get the cows. they don't like to eat grass when it's tall, and if you had someone bale it for you - if you don't have lots of weeds- they might do it for half, that's how it works here at any rate.
if you have pasture grass, it's probably good enough. you do want to do some weed control now, such as dig up thistle before it seeds, get rid of any toxic weeds, etc.
there was a really good article in mother earth news this latest issue, too.
cows are pretty easy, i think.