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Finishing Steers - Black Angus

I read a post about finishing some heifers ( and it was said that they could grow about 2-3 lbs per day. I have a similar scenario, except with black angus steers. I understand steers grow faster than heifers, but I was was not sure by how much more. I bought three black angus steers on May 1 at an average weight of 723 lbs and I would like to finish them by Dec 1. We have a lush green pasture and plenty of water. Some I will finish with grain (although not sure what is recommended). What weight could I get them to by then and how fast could I anticipate them to grow per day?

NV Posted 4 months ago

beef cow poisoned

Hello, we have a steer who ate some of an english laurel plant that our neighbors had tossed over the fence. For the first 24 hrs, he was a bit shaky and not acting right at all. By yesterday, Monday, he seems to be doing well, walking well, and both eating and drinking. The laurel plants, we read, are highly poisonous with cyanide. He is scheduled for slaughter probably the first part of September, a little over four months from now. Our question: should we be at all concerned about the safety of the meat?

Clackamas County OR Posted 6 months ago

scours in baby calves

I buy baby calves at the stockyards and feed them milk replacer 3 times a day for 10 weeks. I am having a problem with scours. The vet says they have nothing that will help me. An old farmer told me to make a tea out of blackberry root. It does help. My problem is I will need this in January when the ground is froze. How would you preserve these roots? Freezing them, drying them, or making the tea and then canning it with a few roots in the jar? If you have any suggestions for scours I would love to hear them.

Somerset County PA calf and heifer management scours calf diarrhea Posted 6 months ago

Free Martin looking like she is going to calf

We have a freemartin, looks like she is going to calf, what should we do or expect?

Ringgold County IA calving Posted 8 months ago

Feeding calf

Feeding only milk and grain how much grain is required to get a cross need bottle calf to 500lb?

Genesee County MI beef cattle nutrition Posted 10 months ago

cattle restraint question

What is a lo tech way to restrain a tame but not halter-broke highland cow for veterinary exam of mouth/throat? We are considering use of welded cattle panels to form a "chute" but are worried that anchoring them to wooden posts will not hold an unhappy cow. Thanks.

Washington County Vermont beef cattle Posted 11 months ago

rumensin and bovitec mixed ? Toxic?

Can rumensin and bovitec be mixed n fed to cattle as well as pregnant cattle

Fillmore County Minnesota Posted over 1 year ago

I recently began raising 4 beef cattle and I have 2 donkeys. I have fenced in...

I recently began raising 4 beef cattle and I have 2 donkeys. I have fenced in about 6 acres to provide what pasture grazing I can. Until recently the pasture was mostly an overgrown field and has a few trees and a patch of pine woods. I need help and direction in learning how to improve the area I have. Do I test the soil, fertilize, plant grass and grazing plants etc? Can someone come a look at the area? Any and all heip and direction is appreciated.

Portage County Ohio Posted almost 2 years ago

I have a steer I'm trying to finish

Hey there..
So I have been asked by a customer to Finnish a steer he purchased from me on grain.. The steer was with the herd which ate majority shrub and grass but before I separated him from the herd I had been supplementing the herd with a finer horse hay for about a month (to keep em comfortable around me and to somewhat train them on a whistle).
So I've had this steer for a week and I have essentially been giving him as much grain as he wants but have also been feeding him the same horse hay I had been supplementing with the herd..
My first questions.. His shit is runny..should it not start hardening up after he is able to digest it better? When could I expect that to happen? And is he gaining any weight in the mean time?
My father suggested at one point to keep the juices from the stomach of a Slaughtered cow and use it as somewhat of a short cut in terms of the getting the animals digestive system to handle the new feed..
So for example could after slaughtering this steer I have finished on grain could I essentially keeps some of the juices in order to help the next cow I am asked to cut from the bush put in a pen and Finnish on grain.. Would it help??
Thanks for reading my ramble and perhaps even taking the time to reply with interesting answers..

Outside United States Posted almost 2 years ago


Have three calfs between 2 and four months old, what vaccinations, parasite pour ons etc should I give them ?

Taylor County Texas Posted about 2 years ago