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.
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