Hi and does anyone know where we can get a couple of feeder calves? :)
New to the rural lifestyle but settling in well I think Loving it
We're after a couple of feeder calves if anyone can help? We live in Helensville. Thanks!
That's too vague: do you mean not calves which have dairy sires? They'll all have dairy dams.
muri;497185 wrote: Have you looked on trade me? Put notices up in the local shops, talk to RD1 etc. Be aware if you are wanting them for meat, not to buy dairy calves
are you wanting to raise a couple of calves ( ie bottle feed ) or are you after calves that are off milk and eating grass? ( weaners )..
if you are after bobbies ( 5 day old, need milk for about 12 weeks )..why not approach one of the dairy farmers out your way.. just make sure the sire was a 'beef' bull ( commonly Hereford ).. the black and white Friesian cows you see the paddocks x'd with a Hereford bull.. will produce a reasonable black/white face calf.. good eating and or resale ...
the only thing wrong with dairy calves is they eat the same as a beefy animal, take just as long, and produce less meat by comparison..
There are people that swear by Jersey Beef for example, other would say they wouldn't touch it because the fat is yellow..etc etc..
Welcome to the world of being able to grow your own meat and try different breeding combinations. Long may it continue!! [^]
We have a flock of Arapawa's too - incredibly good mothers!! I can't believe how quick the lambs grow!
after the couple of bags of milk powder per head, there will be the moozly, drench,tags,vacs..oh and if its a bull calf, the all important 'ring'..
a friend of mine buys direct from the farmer for about $175-$220 per head.. but she has milking cows, so doesn't buy in powder.. she sells the weaners for around $375-450 ( heifers are cheaper than steers )
also on TM.. gosh only knows what sort of start they have had..
buuttt.. if you do go the bobby route..make sure the embilical cord is dry and the hooves hard.. at least then you know they are about 5 days old..
many an unscrupulous dealer will try to flog off a younger calf that has a belly full of warm water and has had no colostrum from mum.. the little thing has no chance
Where is your local sales yard? Mine is Tuakau and they have the store market every thursday. I think it will pay for you to go along and watch, record prices for breeds etc. It should be in a per kilo price and you will see all sorts.
I also say weaners for pretty much the cost of bobby calf (they range in $$ by huge amounts and also demand on the day) plus milk powder (over $100 a bag) plus calf supplement meal, plus keeping them somewhere warm and dry and enclosed so they are easy to catch very quickly adds up to weaner pricings.
Cut your teeth on something a tad older and remember they are predicting a dry summer again this year, so don't overstock.
the yards are on sh16 at the westgate end.. cant miss it..
and its a fun and educational day out too..
I second the idea of getting weaners, you pay quite a lot for weaners relative to yearlings but this is not the time of the year to be buying weaners.
Ruth, yes i suppose you are right, people doing beef cattle wont be selling off feeder calves but keeping them to weaning age.
There are a number of stock agents in the area, their names should be in local phone books etc as I dont want to recommend one
Tuakau bobbies are on Monday.
Yes there are weaners about, calving doesn't seem to stop these days but then the prices change with demand. I have seen good calves head off to the dog tucker truck and a fortnight later, the same are getting well over $100.
Boyd;497265 wrote: This site is great - thank you all! It's fantastic to get straight "unloaded" advice from those with experience. We've got extended family on the land but they're sheep people We thought we'd run a couple of beefies in rotation but I think you're right, we might start with weaners first. I was thinking it could be something the kids could get involved in, but there's plenty of time for that .
Have you thought about getting an incubator and letting the kids try hatching fertile eggs (chook or duck)? We have one going at the moment which has just started hatching and my 16 yo still gets her kicks out of seeing the new chicks hatch.