Running a Small Beef Herd provides an introduction to beef production for those about to enter the industry and is an ongoing reference for anyone managing a small herd of beef cattle on their property. Fundamental considerations such as the economics of beef production, the selection of a suitable beef enterprise to match a particular property and level of experience are covered. It considers various systems suitable for a small beef operation: steer fattening, cow and calf systems, foster calves and multiple suckling, and lot feeding.Running a Small Beef Herdoffers practical advice on buying cattle, marketing methods for particular types of cattle and specifications for markets. Cattle handling, necessary husbandry practices such as castration and vaccination, herd health, reproductive management, nutrition and carrying capacity are also explored.This updated edition expands on the systems of beef production, breeds, breed management, supplementary feeding, drought management, ear tagging requirements and soil health and fertility.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; 1) The Economics of Beef Production; 2) The Importance of Soil Health and Fertility; 3) Feeding Your Cattle; 4) Responsibilities of Owning Livestock; 5) Systems of Beef Production; 6) Breeds of Cattle; 7) Fencing and Cattle-handling Facilities; 8) Buying Cattle; 9) Methods of Identification; 10) Husbandry Practices; 11) Breeding Management; 12) Cross-Breeding; 13) Cattle Health; 14) Cattle Handling; 15) Selling Your Stock; Appendix 1: Comparative Ratings of Economic Traits of 26 Breeds of Cattle; Appendix 2: Approximate Weight at Various Ages and for Different Breed Types; Appendix 3: Market Specifications; Appendix 4: Pasture Growth Rates for Different Areas of Victoria; Appendix 5: Who Can Help?; Glossary; Further Information; Index.