Worth having 3 cows on 6 acreas

Asked July 11, 2019, 7:56 AM EDT

Hello, was just given 6 acres of land and was trying to find a way to make some money off of it so it has positive cash flow into my pocket. Would it be worth it to have 3 cows or should I go with something else? Thanks Marc

Columbia County Florida

1 Response

I am in Missouri so I am not sure of your grazing system and stocking rate so it is best to check with your local extension center. Here we look at 1 cow/calf pair for 2 - 4 acres. Things to consider:
Steers or cows?
How would you breed the cow?
how would you haul to market?
Butcher for your use or to sell?
Where is nearest butchering plant?
Does land have fencing and water?
Does it need fertilizer or lime or weed control? Usually need to put at least nitrogen on yearly. Commercial applicator won't spread or treat that small an area probably so you would have to do with small equipment or by hand.