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Old 04-19-2021, 02:13 PM   #1
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I got 10 acres, central Texas, which breed of cattle (1-2 head), should I consider? My primary consideration is keeping the yard mowed for me, butchering would be secondary. Any advice or do's don'ts? Thanks!
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Old 04-19-2021, 02:27 PM   #2
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Mini herefords
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Old 04-19-2021, 02:30 PM   #3
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mini herefords for cattle or goats if you want to keep your cost low
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Old 04-19-2021, 02:30 PM   #4
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Not to hijack OP post, but do you know of any mini cow breeders in the area?
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Old 04-19-2021, 02:32 PM   #5
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A couple worn out longhorn roping steers.
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Old 04-19-2021, 02:35 PM   #6
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Get a couple of angus steers and feed out till sept/oct then sell one process one.
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Old 04-19-2021, 02:36 PM   #7
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Get a couple of Brahman steers, they deal with heat really well and will keep the low hanging trees and bushes trimmed up also. When your ready they will have plenty of good structure to fill a freezer.

Or Goats, they cost about the same when their young nowdays.

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Old 04-19-2021, 02:37 PM   #8
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Old 04-19-2021, 02:43 PM   #9
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I have strongly been considering mini herfords or a mini aberdeen x hereford, or just pure aberdeen, but all of these seem hard to come by? Any leads?
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Old 04-19-2021, 02:50 PM   #10
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Old 04-19-2021, 02:52 PM   #11
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Old 04-19-2021, 02:52 PM   #12
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mixture of a few goats for grass and sheep for weeds. Process or sell at the local sale barn as needed
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Old 04-19-2021, 03:22 PM   #13
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The mini seem to increase their attitude the smaller you get.
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Old 04-19-2021, 03:40 PM   #14
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I raise mini herefords on my 10 acres in town. They are perfect for small places.

Have a heifer calf born in Sept 2020 and a bull calf born Nov 2020 about ready to sell. Not registered but come from previously registered stock. I'm in Mason.
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Old 04-19-2021, 06:00 PM   #15
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Sheep, st croix or royal white
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Old 04-19-2021, 06:19 PM   #16
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Not to hijack the thread, but do coyotes pose a threat to mini cattle? I would guess not.
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Old 04-19-2021, 06:44 PM   #17
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I raise mini herefords on my 10 acres in town. They are perfect for small places.

Have a heifer calf born in Sept 2020 and a bull calf born Nov 2020 about ready to sell. Not registered but come from previously registered stock. I'm in Mason.
I would be interested in the heifer calf.
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Old 04-19-2021, 06:49 PM   #18
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Old 04-19-2021, 06:52 PM   #19
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http://www.farrcrosslonghorns.com
James has got some great unique original Longhorns
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Old 04-19-2021, 07:02 PM   #20
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Which livestock depends on the fences.
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Old 04-19-2021, 07:45 PM   #21
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Iím thinking about running some Zebus on my place .
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Old 04-19-2021, 09:50 PM   #22
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I would suggest the Aberdeen...
1st-due to it's ability to process vegetation better than most animals
2nd-small enough for one person to handle with a gentle disposition
3rd-fencing can be reduced to as little as an electric fence (the saying goes - if you have goats it must hold water)
4th-great grass-fed beef to eat
5th-the wife will enjoy them as much as you do
PM me if you have any questions, I'll be glad to help

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Old 04-19-2021, 10:01 PM   #23
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My perimeter fencing is adequate. I also have 9 reels of polywire with a high power solar charger for rotational grazing. I had dorper sheep, but got rid of that small flock after I lost 2 (ewe, and lamb) in an isolated incident with a pack of wild dogs. That is what has got me thinking about something a bit more substantial than a sheep. Nobody in the area has had issues with those dogs and its been almost a year. Several of us lost livestock in a short period!
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Old 04-19-2021, 10:39 PM   #24
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Not to hijack the thread, but do coyotes pose a threat to mini cattle? I would guess not.
I live on the edge of town and have seen bobcats, gray and red foxes, coyotes etc but havent lost any.
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Old 04-19-2021, 11:15 PM   #25
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Does anyone have a round about cost to raising a calf for slaughter. With intentions of keeping it on pasture till about 500 lbs and finishing it off on feed for about a month. Another question? Has anyone finished a calf off on cotton seed?
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Old 04-19-2021, 11:23 PM   #26
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Old 04-20-2021, 04:24 AM   #27
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Buy something that you can drop off at the sale barn that will actually sell in the average range. I was at the San Angelo auction about three months ago when a pair of Belted Galloways came through. The livestock buyers got a chuckle out of that. The auctioneer tried to open bidding at $75 a head and didn't get any takers. He backed up to fifty or so and got the ball rolling. I don't remember the final price, but it was less than $100. I also noticed that Longhorn breed cattle were selling at a steep discount to the other cattle. Unless you are looking for a couple of self propelled lawn mowers, buy a beef breed. You may end up having to eat it.
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Old 04-20-2021, 06:21 AM   #28
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Which livestock depends on the fences.
This is the first thing to consider. Goats need an excellent fence and protection.

Match the cow to the fence. If you have chain link, put in longhorns. If you have 3 strand barbed wire, get steers. I have had lots of breeds and this is the only way to keep them in. The cows will break out when in heat if you don't have a good fence. Black angus will push a chain link fence down, but longhorns will get caught up in it and quit.

If there is better grass on the other side, they will get to it.

I have had a lot of cattle arrested by the sheriff. It costs a lot of money to get them back.
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Old 04-20-2021, 09:37 AM   #29
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I would just get a couple of Angus or Baldy cows and borrow/lease a bull when you want them bred.
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Old 04-20-2021, 09:46 AM   #30
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Santa Gertrudis. They are easy to keep disease tolerant good disposition and great table fare. They do very well up there. I love Herefords but they really struggle with pink eye and need doctoring more often than some of the other cattle. I’ve had Bert’s all mylife and love them. Get em right off momma and feed em a little each day and they will be docile as any pet you’ve ever had. If you don’t love em I will buy em from you and you can start over. ( heifers). You can rent the neighbors bull if you want them raising young. My humble opinion. Good luck.
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Old 04-20-2021, 09:57 AM   #31
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If it is open pasture you might want to simply see if someone around would be willing/able to bale hay on it. 10 acres is not really much for cows unless you feed them well and goats are fun to have but can be a pain. Livestock is work no matter the type.....
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Old 04-20-2021, 10:21 AM   #32
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We have the same set up and acreage. We keep one longhorn and one angus . You need to keep at least two for them to be happy. So, the longhorn is a permanent resident, and you get the "yard art" enjoyment there, and the angus (or other meat breed) is a temporary visitor. Once you slaughter and process your own, you will wonder what all the fuss is about with processors (unless you plan to sell the meat retail). With 10 acres and two cows, we supplement with one big round bale of hay per month. They still keep the grass trimmed (but not barren) - it's incredible how much they can eat. I love keeping cattle, enough that we talk about getting a lease and a little herd as a side gig, and starting with a pair on 10 acres has been a good introduction. Feel free to PM me any questions.

Sheep/Goats - you better have a barn to lock them in at night, or make a (huge) commitment on a LGD. Coyotes are ruthless, efficient killers, and will be in and out before your thermal warms up at 3 am. Biggest advantage of cattle is that they're made of beef... second biggest advantage is that coyotes don't mess with them.

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Old 04-20-2021, 01:37 PM   #33
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Old 04-20-2021, 05:49 PM   #34
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x2 on Dexters. We got three (2 full blood 1 cross/mini jersey). So far they've done great on my place in the hill country. I went with these mainly because some friends at church raises them. As I was looking into it I found they not only eat grass but also browse too. We have 12 acres and I have the back ten fenced off for them. So far super easy to deal with and when I call them now they come running up like our dogs.
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Old 04-20-2021, 08:28 PM   #35
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Old 04-20-2021, 08:42 PM   #36
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If you want a constant headache go ahead and get some goats

Biggest PIA critters I have ever owned

Parasite magnets, like said above you need a fence that will hold water, need feet trimmed if you don't have rocky soil and that is just for starters

I would go with a couple of steers and when the grass starts to fade slaughter one and sell the other
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x2 on Dexters. We got three (2 full blood 1 cross/mini jersey). So far they've done great on my place in the hill country. I went with these mainly because some friends at church raises them. As I was looking into it I found they not only eat grass but also browse too. We have 12 acres and I have the back ten fenced off for them. So far super easy to deal with and when I call them now they come running up like our dogs.
Is there special sales that sell these ? I guess what Iím asking is are they profitable? I need to do some research on them.
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Old 04-20-2021, 09:14 PM   #38
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Buy a few 3-400# heifers around February/March. Start on preconditioning feed a couple weeks then switch to creepfeed pellets.
Whenever spring grass is sufficient, lay off the free groceries until the grass peters out late summer.
Relocation to local livestock sales and repeat next year.
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Old 04-20-2021, 09:44 PM   #39
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Find a friend and let him put 2-3 on your place. You don't spend any money and your grass is kept low. Win Win I'm letting my cousin run his cattle on my acreage and I don't have to worry about it. He is taking care of everything.
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Find a friend and let him put 2-3 on your place. You don't spend any money and your grass is kept low. Win Win I'm letting my cousin run his cattle on my acreage and I don't have to worry about it. He is taking care of everything.
You get ag exemption that way too
My neighbor runs his cows in mine and we lock them in or out as necessary.
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How much do these mini cows usually run
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You get ag exemption that way too

My neighbor runs his cows in mine and we lock them in or out as necessary.
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Find a friend and let him put 2-3 on your place. You don't spend any money and your grass is kept low. Win Win I'm letting my cousin run his cattle on my acreage and I don't have to worry about it. He is taking care of everything.


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You get ag exemption that way too

My neighbor runs his cows in mine and we lock them in or out as necessary.



This is what I would like to do. I had someone lined up and they ended up backing out.


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How much do these mini cows usually run
It depends on breed, use and popularity. I've seen both registered and unregistered go from 1K to 5K per heifer/ cow. Bulls are a different story. I have a zebu bull calf that is papered and cost $500(currently trying to find him some girlfriends). I also have a dexter/mini Hereford bull that cost me very little. He is destined for the freezer or someone elses pasture. My dad is currently running dexter/mini Hereford crosses and breeding to an Aberdeen Angus bull. He's only interested in meat production. I'm going the registered route and may eventually get the kids into showing them. There are lots of mini pages on FB.
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It depends on breed, use and popularity. I've seen both registered and unregistered go from 1K to 5K per heifer/ cow. Bulls are a different story. I have a zebu bull calf that is papered and cost $500(currently trying to find him some girlfriends). I also have a dexter/mini Hereford bull that cost me very little. He is destined for the freezer or someone elses pasture. My dad is currently running dexter/mini Hereford crosses and breeding to an Aberdeen Angus bull. He's only interested in meat production. I'm going the registered route and may eventually get the kids into showing them. There are lots of mini pages on FB.


How do you like the Zebus ? Iím thinking of getting 3 heifers and a bull .
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Old 04-25-2021, 02:06 PM   #47
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Better get some Longhorns !
Most hardy and disease and sickness resistant cows on this planet.
Herefords are notorious for pink eye and other health issues.
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I'd think, a couple Black Angus would do fine...........
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Old 04-25-2021, 02:50 PM   #49
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How do you like the Zebus ? Iím thinking of getting 3 heifers and a bull .
I raised Brahmas growing up. These are the little version without the attitude. Well adapted to our climate. I just like the looks of them. There's no telling what color you will get with the offspring. My little bull will mature around 36" to 38" tall and 4-500lbs.
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Old 04-25-2021, 02:56 PM   #50
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x2 on Dexters. We got three (2 full blood 1 cross/mini jersey). So far they've done great on my place in the hill country. I went with these mainly because some friends at church raises them. As I was looking into it I found they not only eat grass but also browse too. We have 12 acres and I have the back ten fenced off for them. So far super easy to deal with and when I call them now they come running up like our dogs.

X3 on Dexters. I have a couple on my five acres. Great disposition, easy to handle. I havenít butchired one yet but beef is suppose to be great.
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