Timothy Markus wrote:I've tried to get beef from many different animals, but the only one I could get it from reliably was a cow.
Jeff Marchand wrote:18-30 month steers are better eating. Cows and bulls are often too tough for anything but hamburger. I raise beef to mow my fields, and fill freezer and a bit of extra cash. They produce loads of fertilizer for my garden every winter. I find beef respect one or two strands of hot electric wire. I believe sheep would too. But I have too many coyotes to keep sheep. They leave my beef alone. Coyotees also like goats and goats are often hard to keep where you want them. I ve raised pigs on pasture but they do more damage than good. I have successfully raised meat chicken in Salatin style tractors but if I want to sell them it costs me $5 to have them commercially butchered and another $2 for each chick from the hatchery. So thats $7 right there and I have nt feed them yet. You can buy a nice roasted chicken at Costco for $7! So for me selling pastured chicken is pretty marginal. I will from time to time raise a batch of chickens for myself and butcher them at home but butchering chickens is not my favorite thing.
Another plus for beef is they dont need a barn. Mine are outside all Canadian winter long. But these are BEEF cattle. Jerseys and Holstein may need more shelter.
Lepke Buchalter wrote:Look at the poop. A cow with its 4 stomachs utilizes grass and other feed better than any other animal I know. And beef tastes better than any other meat I know. If the gods didn't want you to eat beef, they would have made it taste like vegetables.
Cows are durable. Much more than sheep. Beef cows calf on their own. Sheep often need help or die in the process. I've never raised sheep, but I've seen more dead sheep in fields than cows. I had a neighbor with sheep and during lambing I often had to help (when the vet was busy elsewhere) lamb his sheep because he was too prissy to reach inside and sort out the legs to keep birthing on track. And I hate mutton.