We have been hemming and hawing over how to best get our cattle herd started. We have owned cattle in the past, but it has been several years. Previously, we had a small cow-calf herd at Handy Husbands folks’ place. This time around, we planned to be very thoughtful about the cattle we produce. At the same time, we just financed an entire home remodel and are still at the very beginning of this process and do not have a lot of extra capital to invest.
Our place is 80 acres. Most of our fences are in disrepair, but we have a great deal of natural water, including a gravity fed water system. For the past year we made the decision not to lease out our pasture, but instead to let the ground rest and the grass grow.
I have been watching craigslist and our local Facebook classified page carefully. Waiting for the perfect deal. And we found it! Last week we brought home four Lowline Angus calves, three bull calves, and a heifer. I feel wonderful about the deal we found and these guys are perfect for us. We have since castrated the bull calves. Our plan is to try finishing them out. We have an abundance of grass, and Lowline Angus are smaller framed making them well suited to finish on grass. The heifer calf is by far my favorite. I am very excited for her to be with us for years to come. This is just the beginning folks!