When you are hungry and have room in the freezer! Seriously, if you can hold off and let him eat grass for at least 6-8 weeks, he will have more weight on him, and will be healthier. Letting him eat free grass all summer will put an amazing bit of weight on him...you'll be surprized!!
The old timers butchered in the fall...the calves had fattened up on grass all summer, and the weather was agreeable to butchering. Janene
Occasional steer for the freezer
Dogs, cats, chickens, etc!
*~*Proud Mother of 2 Military Sons*~*
A Grandma now, too!
Around here, fattening on spring grass is the most reliable. We don't always get a fall flush of grass. If you are graining, it probably doesn't matter as much, but I did mine grass only. We have refrigeration now, so cooling and hanging doesn't require fall weather. Ultimately, the best time is dictated by when you need the meat. ;D -Jenn
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