Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin
Tormey, John L.
Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin. Bulletin no. 19: profitable beef production PDF (1.0 MB)
baby beef production are: it eliminates the "gambles", is a cash crop insuring quick returns, less capital is required, and makes use of the home grown feeds for fattening, and increases the capacity of pastures for carrying breeding stock. How to feed baby beef. Get the calves to eating cracked corn and bran as soon as possible, gradually changing to shelled corn and cotton- seed meal, making the ration nine parts corn and one part cotton-seed meal. Watch your calves and do not overfeed. Alfalfa and clover hay are the best roughages. Corn silage is indispensable as it furnishes summer succulence throughout the winter. Why fatten cattle? Cattle are fattened to increase the live weight, and improve the kondition of meat by depositing fat in the tissues, which process is known as "marbling". Finished animals command a premium on the market. What kind of cattle should be fed? Only animals which will make economical and profitable gains should be selected for feeding purposes. This will include well bred steers and heifers from one to three years old, which are not in fit condition for slaughter. Where can feeder cattle be secured? Feeder cattle can be secured on any of the live stock markets. When buying either select the cattle personally, or deal with some reliable commission house. When to buy. The best time to buy is in the fall for at this season there is less demand for feeder stock. How shall they be fed? This problem will have to be solved by the individual. The concentrates commonly used are corn and cotton- seed meal. Clover and alfalfa hay are the best roughages. Silage is the beef man's salvation for fattening market stock, and to aid him in wintering his breeding cows. When to market. Study market conditions carefully, shipping to a rising market whenever possible. The best prices for heavy beef are secured just before Christmas, but baby beef sells well at all times. What to consider before going into the beef business. Remember that it is not a get-rich-quick scheme, but that the successful man is the one who goes into it in a businesslike way, starts in slowly, studies his cattle, and the markets, produces his own feeds so far as possible, and learns all he can about feeding. Ile always keeps in mind the fact that good beef animals are born and then made. Poor feeding and management will make scrubs out of the best bred stock, and spell ruin for the owner.
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