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
losingcreekfarm.blogspot.com/ Tinkerbelle and Anna II
Belle-AKA Miss Swiss-Braunvieh
Cocoa-Brown Swiss/Jersey-The most wonderful cow I've had the pleasure to milk!
Cocoa's Twin heifers
Assorted hens and roosters
farmerjohnkauai: Anybody got a peppermint oil udder rub recipe?
May 12, 2015 18:07:50 GMT -5
mocha: I just was looking around for some answers when I came across this board and found it very informative. Our Jersey cow has a calf about a week ago and I am not getting much milk from her..a litre maybe. What can I do?
May 13, 2015 9:06:36 GMT -5
wyomama: mocha, please do post a thread in the Family Cow section - people viewing on thier phones don't see the chat box.
May 13, 2015 15:15:41 GMT -5
hackberry: im in Abilene..i wanted a one way disk to reseed my little traps I have..but I do have a spring harrow..i read an article on red river crab grass..and they said u could reseed in spring w/one way harrow...the article said u could have year round grazing w/
May 22, 2015 22:31:37 GMT -5
barnmom: WOW There is so much reading on milkers
May 28, 2015 16:20:23 GMT -5
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