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Beef cattle are raised for meat production. Beef can be harvested from cows, bulls, heifers or steers and it is the third most widely consumed meat in the world.
Feeding Programs/Management

As always beef cattle continue to be an invaluable readily saleable cash reserve which continues to appreciate with time.

The single most important factor to consider in beef production is the calving percentage. The fertile breeding cow or heifer is what makes or breaks a beef farmer. The farmer therefore needs to make every effort to enable his female herd to conceive annually at regular well-spaced intervals to coincide with the fodder flow of his farm to produce well grown weaners.

While the return on beef is not as good as on crops, the output is directly proportional to the input and beef can generate a good steady income and prove to be an invaluable bank balance.

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Winter Supplementation of Beef Cattle

The Importance of Supplementary Feeds for Beef Cattle

Housing

Cattle Handling Facilities

• Every farm that handles cattle should have proper handling facilities, which are well-maintained and in good working order.
• A race and a crush suitable for the animals to be handled are essential.
• Makeshift gates and hurdles are not sufficient, and will result in less efficient handling as well as risking injury.
• Never attempt to treat or work on any animal that is held by gates alone, or that is otherwise free to move at will.
• If you have to attend to ‘downer’ cattle, or animals in loose boxes or isolation pens, and it is not possible to secure them, make sure you have an adequate escape route and will not be crushed if the animal rolls or stands suddenly.

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The Race
The Crush

Costing Model

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