Chloe is getting ready to give birth to her Angus/Jersey cross calf. We were talking and thought that maybe we shouldn't wait until the calf is 2 years old to kill it. I mean, that's a lot of meat, and we might not need that much.
What about slaughtering at 1 year old? How much should I expect it to weigh by then?
Does anyone know the percentage dress weight cows usually average? For instance, I know that pigs can dress out at up to 80% of their live weight. What is it for cows?
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Dressing out at 60% is good, a lot of times with dairy framed steers the percentage is less, because they have such a large frame. Our Brown Swiss steer at a year old looked like a great dane puppy - all long legs and gangly joints. He didn't put some meat on till he was 2. By 2 years old he weighed around 1000 lbs and dressed out a little over 500 lbs.
Yours, being a cross with Angus, should have a lot more muscle and a lot earlier muscle development. Your calf may look like a butter-ball at 1 year old, especially if he has access to milk for a long time. I know a farmer here that has a small herd of beef cross cows, and he butchered an 7 mo old steer that was still suckling his mama, and the live weight was around 700 lbs! Anyone who raises meat for the table needs to keep in mind, that [glow=red,2,300]it takes 10 litres of milk to produce 1kg of meat[/glow], so the more access the calf has to milk and the longer he has that access, the more weight he is likely to put on. Also, according to that article on calf rumen development someone has posted previously, early introduction of grain speeds up the rumen developmen, from which one can speculate the calf's growth rate increases.
Here's a link to my post that has my Jersey Angus cross heifer in it. She is EXACTLY 1 year old in the pic ;D. You can read what people estimated her weight to be. Note, she was still nursing her momma. She shared her momma until March (9 mos.) with the Holstein in the pic. The Holstein I just took in yesterday, he weighed in at 1120# at 15 mos. old. I'll modify this again to say one more thing. We are a family of four; two adults, 1- 8 yo and 1- 3 yo. We eat a LOT of hamburger. We took in an 800 lb. beef steer last Sept. I think we sold about 100 lbs. of meat to family and kept the rest. We have just a few pkgs. of hamburger left and we have not rationed or skimped on anything. So it worked out well for us. I figure we'll have 100 to 150 lbs. of meat more this year since this calf is bigger. Hope this helps. Shawn
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RIP to these special ones:
Belle & Emma (Jersey) Brody (Doberman) Lady (Holstein) Poco (QH) Skittles (pony)
madameecho1: Brand new to the site, and jersey cow and bull will be arriving today! Cow is 2.5 years old and 5.5 months preggers with first calf. Any suggestions greatly appreciated...
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YounkerHomestead: I am sooo glad I found this site! I don't know many people in my area interested in owning a family dairy cow. I am really enjoying reading the threads from like minded people Good luck to everyone calving!
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mama1ruby: please help me identify a scaley round ringworm looking spots on my calves head and neck
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jennyinwexford: Cow with nose bleeds shakes head any ideas on why?
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cathymb6: I have a new calf, not sure when to start milking heifer. Saw somewhere within the first 12 hours. Is this correct?
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mommamary: Researching dual purpose milk and fiber goats. Does anyone have recommendations?
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mommamary: I am researching goat breeds that have Both good milk and fiber for spinning. Are there any good ones?
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Jenny at Sagehill: Problem w/fiber goats is they put their energy into fiber, not milk. Cashmere goats might work, but their fiber needs a special dehairing machine to remove a LOT of coarse hair from a bit of cashmere.
Jul 13, 2014 12:05:01 GMT -5
Jenny at Sagehill: Angora goats might work except they aren't bred to milk much or longer than their kids require. They're rather smaller animals and can be finicky.
Jul 13, 2014 12:08:13 GMT -5
beelady: i had an angora doe that was a precocious milker. huge udder too... right now im crossing angora buck on nubian does saving the doelings that show mohair/cashmere and breeding those onto angoras..
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romal: hi there..does anyone know if the Heifer Diary will continue & how Joann is doing?
Jul 17, 2014 14:16:14 GMT -5
Chatty Kathy: I've been out of the KFC, milking mass quantities. I cannot seem to find Joann's current diary entries and saw a post asking how she is doing. She has been such an inspiration and help to me. I'd like to know how she is.
Jul 28, 2014 19:52:58 GMT -5
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