I'm fairly new to cows, but I'm learning a lot with this site.
We have a young steer that I'm starting to figure out how we're going to slaughter him when the time comes. I don't feel comfortable doing this myself, maybe in a year or so (but maybe not). Does anyone know if there are mobile slaughterhouses in the Northern Virginia area?
When is the best time to slaughter? The Fall, Winter, Spring? Or does it not make any difference? How about feeding prior to slaughter? Do you give them grain? Or is grass better? As you can see, I have a lot of questions.
Any help anyone can give me would be wonderful. I'm open all suggestions.
Can't help you on the first question. I never realized there were such things as mobile butchers until I joined this site. I wished early on we had one, but now that we're set up to take them, it's not a big deal. Hopefully someone in your area will comment on that. Or you could put an ad on Craig's List or check with the people who certify butchers, they could tell you for sure.
Graining is entirely a personal thing. Many on here feed grain; just varies whether it's the whole life of the animal, or like me, I feed the last 30 days.
Time of year for me to butcher depends on whether I need beef. ;D I just bumped an October date to next June because we have a huge beef in the freezer. there are some differences in the way the fat sets and tastes from winter/summer butchering, but hopefully Jenn will chime in about that, it's rather interesting but I can't explain it at all. Sorry, this isn't that helpful, maybe you'll get some better responses. Welcome to the herd!
Home to Fern (Jersey), Paprika (Shorthorn/Angus heifer) Pierre and Melvin (steers); Candy, Star (horses); Louie (Doberman) Gypsy (LGD mix); 4 cats & a variety of chickens.
RIP to these special ones:
Belle & Emma (Jersey) Brody (Doberman) Lady (Holstein) Poco (QH) Skittles (pony)
We live in central VA and were unable to find a mobile butcher. So what we did was find a butcher that would let us do the kill at the farm then transport the carcass to his shop. All went beautifully, Chuck was contentedly eating, we used the tractor to bleed him and get him on the truck. The butcher was waiting for him when we got there. We will definitely do that again....just threw that out there in case it was something you could work with.
Married to my best friend, going on 35 years Mama to 7, 3 DD and 4 DS Nonna to 6 Gran'kids Opal the Jersey Vivian, (Opals heifer calf,) Sarah (The spoiled Jersey) Graci (Jersey) Vida! (Jersey due in July) 2 dogs 3 cats flock O' Chickens
moserfam6: I am in the Kansas City area and need some comfrey to make a poultice and/or feed to a cow that broke her leg. Anyone know where I can find some comfrey?
Dec 7, 2013 17:44:35 GMT -5
jettat: Need help yearling bull calf got into pig food sometime since yesterday and is down with diarrhea. Vet didn't come out but said only thing to do is give it Kaopetric (SP) but don't give us much hope. Any suggestions would be a big help.
Dec 8, 2013 15:26:03 GMT -5
hroewe: Just finished Joann's book. It was fantastic!
Dec 12, 2013 23:11:17 GMT -5
milkingoneand: Contact me off group and let me know exactly what you're looking for as I'm currently looking at heifers ready to breed soon. I have a couple of farm visits on my list, and might be able to help you out.
Jan 31, 2014 14:24:44 GMT -5
brassj41: Good morning folks!
Feb 1, 2014 7:52:41 GMT -5
brigitte: Contact me by PM I have a fancy MS registered heifer 10 months old
Feb 2, 2014 20:11:38 GMT -5
fordkevint: Hello, I am looking for a family milk cow in Southern KS this spring. Anyone have a reference out there?
Feb 13, 2014 10:59:18 GMT -5
littlebirddog: Getting some calves ready to be weened any good ideas
Feb 14, 2014 12:33:01 GMT -5
whitegas: I'm looking for our first family milk cow. We live in Michigan. Anyone have suggestions of where to find one?
Feb 16, 2014 20:02:00 GMT -5
FarmBoy66: Littlebirddog, get them started on grain, free choice. They also need to have water. Try to get them interested in it and then in small steps start taking their milk away. They should be fully weaned in about 2 weeks or so
Feb 17, 2014 20:21:25 GMT -5
fairfarmhand: I love this place. No one else, even my husband understands why I'd do all the work, spend all the money, just to milk a cow.
Feb 19, 2014 14:29:45 GMT -5
frauline214: oI am new to forum. I have a jersey/beef cow cross who is due to calve shortly. I plan on adding other calves to her after she calves. This is a first time freshener and she has been raised to let me milk her. Any suggestions how many calves I can add?
Mar 2, 2014 19:10:43 GMT -5
This book is intended as an inspirational manual for keeping a family milk cow. A lifetime of practical experience has been bound into one volume. Practical advice for the everyday and procedures for cow emergencies. Plus, answers to FAQ's like, 'Should you get a cow?' and 'How Much Space do I need?'