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Beef Cattle Farming Today

        Beef cattle farming is a business that continues to grow around the world. There is definitely a demand for quality meat out there. Some of these farms have been in families for generations. They proudly pass down their land and their knowledge in order to be a part of  it all. For others though, the idea of beef cattle farming is something they are brand new to.

       It may be a desire to make money, as there is plenty of it found when you raise quality cattle and then sell them for the meat. Many individuals just want to get away from the city and a hectic lifestyle. They find the country air refreshing and raising cattle to be a way for them to make a decent living.

     There is plenty that goes on behind the scenes though when it comes to beef cattle farming.  You don’t just turn the cows loose on your land, fatten them up, and then sell them for a profit. Learning more about what goes on with beef cattle farming can help you to decide if you should pursue it or not. It can also give the general public a good idea of why beef prices can change so often.

     Raising quality cattle is vital to the success of such farming methods. The need to have more cattle is also there. This is why there are plans in place to get breeding done as effectively as possible. The males with the best genetic qualities are the ones allowed to mate with the females. The goal is to have at least one calf per female per season. Therefore, properly managing the heifers is part of the basis for making this work.

     A combination of natural reproduction and artificial insemination is used in beef cattle farming. Thanks to the technology we have today, we don’t have to rely solely upon nature to get the job done. Using a variety of tools, heifers can be successfully impregnated with the sperm of the bulls without the two being in contact with each other.

     Offering quality land and feed for the cattle is important to their overall development. The females will have healthier offspring when their own needs are met. In turn, the young will grow up to be healthy and to have their own quality offspring. The meat from well fed cattle is better and so there is a higher profit earned from them. 

     When  reproduction is well managed, the farmer won’t have to spend profits to purchase replacement heifers. Yet that doesn’t mean there aren’t any expenses to cover. For example there is the cost of all the feed that the cattle will need for survival. Supplements can also be expensive but today they are a common part of the process.

     There is also the cost of routine care for the young cattle. Vaccinations can ensure they remain healthy. It can also prevent the spread of viruses that can kill large amounts of cattle. Should that occur, the financial security for a beef cattle farmer can be on shaky ground. Combination vaccines should be used when possible to cut down on costs. It will also cut down on the amount of time it takes for the young cattle to get immunized.

      In the past, reducing nursing time for the young has occurred on beef cattle farms. However, studies show that this causes stress for the young. It can result in them not growing as large as they should during the first two years of life. The risk of serious health problems also increases.

     Should nature be the determining factor when it comes to the birth of calves? Many farmers believe it is acceptable to intervene and to lend a hand when a heifer is having difficulties on her own. This may end up saving the life of both the mother and her young offspring.

     More often, it is the first time mothers that need the most assistance with giving birth. The labor can last two or three times longer for them. However, complications can arise with any calf birth even if they have been successful with doing it on their own many times in the past.

      Any time that a young calf is being born tail first, there is a need for intervention. This process is one that not everyone has the skills for so a vet may need to be called to the scene. There is limited time to help the calf in such a situation so you need to be able to make quick decisions. What happens is that the calf will start to come out backwards. This process puts pressure on the umbilical cord as it does do.

     Then there is a limited supply of blood going from the mother to the calf. This can result in death or serious brain injury. The calf can also be in the birth canal with fluids around the mouth and nose. They can drown in them if they aren’t taken out of the mother immediately. The calf has to be taken out of the body in under 4 minutes though if there is a chance of it surviving once the blood supply from the umbilical cord has been cut off.

      The young calves will have to be further evaluated. Those that are doing well with their mothers should be left alone other than for checkups and when it is time for vaccinations. Those that are born underweight or that don’t seem to be growing properly may need more one on one care from humans. The goal is to ensure all of the cattle are very healthy regardless of their age.

     Yet it is especially necessary for the young so that serious health problems can be eliminated. If the calf can’t grow to be big and strong it won’t be very good quality of meat. If the calf is female, it may have a very difficult time giving birth when it is fully mature. Every effort should be taken to help pave the way for a healthy life from the very start for all of the cattle.

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